The US Africa Command confirmed on Sunday night that strikes had been carried out against terror outfit, al-Shabaab. The attack took place in the vicinity of Jilib. A statement released by the Command confirmed that one terrorist had died.
They added that so far no civilians were injured or killed in the attack.
US Army Major General William Gayler, director of operations for the US Africa Command said: “Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda affiliate seeking to further its jihadist agent.
“Removal of even one terrorists makes the region and the US safer.
“Continuous pressure on the network is necessary to prevent al-Shabaab from building a safe haven and exporting violence.”
His organisation explained it would continue to carry out work with partners in the region in a bid to assure the long-term security of the hostile region.
The statement added: “In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of Somalia people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia and Somalia National Army forces.”
It comes as strategists at the Pentagon are hoping to deploy Patriot missile defences to Iraq so as to give more protection against ballistic missile strikes fired by Iranian forces.
However, despite their wishes they have been snubbed by Baghdad’s central government, according to top US military leaders.
The Iraqi government is reluctant to allow these Patriot systems into their country – and this underlines what some consider to be political tensions between the US and Iraq.
Iraq could feel the heat from Iran, following the US assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
General Milley told the press: “There’s mechanical pieces, the science of war, so to speak, of actually moving and bringing in Patriot batteries.
“A Patriot battalion is not a small organisation, it’s relatively large.
“So, the mechanics of it all have to be worked out, and that is, in fact, ongoing.”
Published at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 01:08:00 +0000