Terrorists Killed In U.S. Airstrike Operation

(PatriotWise.com)- Just days after a US airstrike killed four al-Shabab militants, Somalian officials reported on Sunday that a second US airstrike against al-Shabab killed another 14 terrorists.

Sunday’s airstrike, which marks the deadliest strike against the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group in months, comes just days after US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said it conducted an airstrike in the Hiran region bordering Ethiopia that killed four al-Shabab terrorists.

Military officials said Sunday’s attack was also conducted by the US military in support of Somali troops conducting operations against al-Shabab in the central region of Hiran. The Somali military said it had captured the group’s main stronghold located outside of Mahas and destroyed its hideouts during Sunday’s operation.

Under the Biden administration, the US has increased its role in Somalia as part of the ongoing mission against al-Shabab.

In May, President Biden decided to beef up US operations in Somalia, deploying several hundred US Special Forces to the region and escalating the long-term counterterror mission that former President Trump had tried to wind down.

Earlier this month, a senior administration official said while the White House believes political inclusion and economic opportunity are the best way to address violent extremism, the US will still use military force “in a calibrated and discreet way in certain crises and challenges” that would threaten US interests and the homeland.

Sunday’s airstrikes came just days after Marine Gen. Michael Langley assumed command of AFRICOM. Langley is the first black Marine to be promoted to four-star general. Whether the color of his skin makes him a more effective commander or not is unclear.

According to Daniel Furnad, the associate director of the Nairobi-based Farsight Africa Group, the timing of these airstrikes isn’t a coincidence. He told Voice of America that with Langley assuming command, the overhaul in US policy in the region is beginning to unfold.