Somalia: On Tuesday the US military said it had killed nine suspected al-Shabaab militants in an air strike in southern Somalia this week during a battle between US and Somali government troops and al-Shabaab fighters.
US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in a statement said that the strike was carried out on October 1 approximately 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the city of Kismayo, in southern Somalia. “We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this air strike”, AFRICOM’s statement read.
ITCT Associate Jasmine Opperman says, “2018 has witnesses a significant increase in airstrikes in Somalia with airstrikes at about 25. Whereas during 2017, most airstrikes were conducted in Southern Somalia, 2018 has seen an expanded deterring strategy targeting specific areas in northern Somalia. al-Shabaab has proven resilient in the past to airstrikes by merely adjusting tactics of movement. It is highly unlikely that airstrikes will have significant impact on al-Shabaab’s current position, be it in northern or southern Somalia.”