US kills two Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in Somalia
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The US military killed two members of the Al Qaeda-affiliated terror group Al Shabaab in Somalia on Monday, American Military News reports.
Al Shabaab is part of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts organization that took over most of southern Somalia in 2006; the group has carried out bombings, suicide attacks and killings of civilians both inside Somalia and in other countries, including Kenya.
The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) informed American Military News that it carried out an airstrike on Al Shabaab terrorists after they attacked partner forces of the Federal Government of Somalia near Libikus on Monday.
“U.S. forces are authorized to conduct strikes in defense of designated partner forces,” AFRICOM told American Military News. “The command’s initial assessment is that two Al Shabaab terrorists were killed in action and that no civilians were injured or killed given the remote nature of where this engagement occurred.”
AFRICOM went on to say it takes “great measures to prevent civilian casualties,” and that these measures “contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that Al Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population.”
“The Federal Government of Somalia and the U.S. remain committed to fighting al-Shabaab to prevent the deaths of innocent civilians,” AFRICOM attested.
“Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to Somali, regional and U.S. interests.”
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