U.S. Expands War Against ISIS In First Airstrikes In Somalia
On the first weekend of November, the U.S. expanded its fight against the Islamist terror group in Somalia, making good on President Trump’s promise to hit ISIS “10 times harder” following the October terrorist attack in New York City.
The U.S. military launched two airstrikes in Somalia on Friday, pounding ISIS strongholds in the war-torn nation located in the Horn of Africa. The bombardment took place a day following President Trump’s announcement that he would increase military operations against ISIS in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York City perpetrated by Sayfullo Saipov.
“They claimed him as a soldier, good luck,” said Trump on Friday in response to ISIS’ claims of responsibility over the attack, which claimed eight lives. “Every time they hit us, we know it’s ISIS, we hit them like you folks wouldn’t believe.”
Trump promised to hit ISIS “10 times harder.”
The U.S. Africa Command said officials are still assessing the results, but believe they killed numerous terrorists. They stated that the strike occurred around 11 a.m. local time.
The strike also follows weeks after militants belonging to an ISIS affiliate in Niger launched an ambush on Green Berets, killing four soldiers using small arms fire.
“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 AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.”
A pro-ISIS affiliate is currently operating in northeastern Somalia by Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin, who in 2015 pledged his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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