US Airstrikes Hit al-Shabaab Compounds in Somalia, Killing Three
While the US is in the process of withdrawing from Somalia, AFRICOM
wanted to show signs that they remain committed to the conflict there,
which they did in the form of airstrikes on New Years Day against compounds belonging to al-Shabaab
AFRICOM claimed the strikes totally destroyed two compounds, killing three militants. They further claimed no civilian deaths in the attacks.
AFRICOM further said that the pullout from Somalia would only be a “re-positioning” in the area, and that airstrikes are still every bit as possible, even without troops on the ground picking targets.
It’s not clear how this is going to happen, if the troops are attacking sites based on the Somali government’s intelligence or what. The US clearly wants to keep attacking the area, and with no troops on the ground they’ll be less liable to get attacked themselves.