We’ve known for years that ISIS had forces in Somalia, but never once during the Obama-era did we take action there.
This all changed this Friday, when the U.S. successfully killed several ISIS members in Somalia.
As President Trump promised, the strategy to attack ISIS in Somalia was not telegraphed to the public ahead of time, it was simply done by surprise and executed successfully.
U.S. forces conducted airstrikes Friday in Somalia against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, their first against the terrorist group in that country.
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said Friday that U.S. forces conducted two separate strikes in Somalia, killing “several” ISIS members.
The first strike happened at about midnight local time, while the second happened at about 11 a.m., according to AFRICOM.
“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats,” AFRICOM said in a statement. “This includes partnering with [African Union Mission to Somalia] and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.”
The statement provided no additional details of the strikes, saying that AFRICOM is currently assessing the results.
A Somali security official told The Associated Press that at least six missiles struck in Buqa, a remote mountainous village about 37 miles north of Qandala town in the northern state of Puntland. The airstrike may have targeted top leaders of the group, the official added.