Despite President Donald Trump announcing that the United States will withdraw most of its troops from Somalia, the U.S. recently conducted airstrikes against al-Shabaab in the country. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) didn’t specify if the airstrikes were conducted by drones or by aircraft.
The U.S. has been using drones for the majority of airstrikes in Somalia.
“This strike should demonstrate to any enemy that we stand by our partners and will vigorously defend both ourselves and our partners during this repositioning and future operations,” said Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Joint Task Force – Quartz commander. “We will continue to maintain strong force protection and strike those who seek to harm us or our partners.”
These latest airstrikes targeted, what AFRICOM officials described as, al-Shabaab explosives experts near the town of Jilib, about 207 miles southwest of Mogadishu in the Lower Juba valley.