US airstrike on al-Shabaab in Somalia kills 2 near Jilib, Africom says

An airstrike targeting al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in Somalia killed two fighters and injured a third on February 26, the U.S. military’s Africa Command said.

“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on Feb. 26, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, killing two (2) terrorists and wounding one (1) terrorist,” Africom said in a Tuesday, February 27 statement.

The command said no civilians were killed in the strike.

The strike is the latest in an increasing number of U.S. airstrikes against al-Shabaab and Abnaa ul-Calipha, Islamic State’s affiliate in Somalia.


In 2018, Africom carried out strikes on:

February 22: A strike near Jamaame killed four al-Shabaab fighters

February 19: A strike killed four al-Shabaab fighters near Jilib

January 18: Against al-Shabaab, killing four fighters approximately 50 kilometers northwest of Kismayo

January 3: A strike killed two al-Shabaab fighters and destroyed a car bomb near Mogadishu

In 2017:

December 27: An airstrike against al-Shabaab west of Mogadishu destroyed a car bomband killed four people.

December 24: An airstrike targeting al-Shabaab in southern Somalia killed 13 people

December 15: An airstrike 30 miles northwest of Kismayo killed eight people

December 12: A U.S. airstrike targeted an al-Shabaab car bomb near Mubarak, 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Mogadishu

November 27: Africom targeted Abnaa ul-Calipha in northeastern Somalia

November 21: The command said an airstrike killed more than 100 al-Shabaab militants 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu

November 15: Africom said a drone strike about 60 miles north Mogadishu killed “several” al-Shabaab militants

November 11: Africom said it struck al-Shabaab in the Bay region, about 100 miles west of Mogadishu.


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