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U.S. targets Islamic State in Somalia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/10/19, 10:37 am

A U.S. airstrike in northern Somalia killed at least 13 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday, the U.S. military said Thursday. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said no civilians died during the strike, which targeted an extremists’ encampment in the Golis Mountains. Islamic State in December 2017 recognized the Abnaa ul-Calipha extremist group as its Somalia branch. The group remains active in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Last month, AFRICOM said an airstrike killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, a senior official of the group.

The U.S. military stepped up its targeted airstrikes in Somalia after President Donald Trump assumed office. AFRICOM has carried out 30 this year alone.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • David Troup's picture
    David Troup
    Posted: Fri, 05/10/2019 03:37 pm

    As an African born US citizen, I wonder where this will take us?  A Muslim friend of mine admitted that Islam and democracy are incompatable.  There is no separation of church and state; and the ultimate Muslim doctrine will stop at nothing short of a worldwide Caliphate.
    The U.S. seems to have a bad habit of getting into military messes, from which it is difficult to extract.  But can we afford to ignore it?  Having grown up in northern Nigeria, Islam will only be stopped by force.
    This does not mean we can neglect being friends of Muslim people and loving them with the Gospel.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 05/13/2019 04:10 pm

    We are caught between a rock and a hard place in so many of these situations. 

    Ignore the growing power of extremist groups in faraway places, and they try to sink our ships, attack our embassies, or even come here to fly airplanes into our buildings. 

    Attempt to destroy the extremists in foreign countries, while they are still small, and we alienate many of their countrymen, cause the death of civilians, and bring anger from our own citizens. 

    Probably the best thing we ordinary folks can do is pray for our leaders to be given wisdom. Considering what a mess D.C. is, we must be falling down on the job!

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