Joe Biden’s first military intervention: US launches air strike against jihadists in Somalia


The US military on Tuesday carried out an air strike on al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab jihadists in Somalia, the first since President Joe Biden took office, the Pentagon said. The US Military Command for Africa (AFRICOM) “today carried out an air strike near Galkayo,” 700 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, Pentagon spokeswoman Cindy King told AFP agency.

This attack targeted Shebab jihadists and the outcome of the operation is still being evaluated, he added. “The command’s initial conclusions are that no civilians were injured or killed by this attack,” he shot.

This is the first air strike carried out by the US Army in Somalia since January 19, when AFRICOM announced that it had killed three Shebab jihadists in two attacks.

After taking office at the White House the next day, Joe Biden limited the use of drones against jihadist groups outside the ‘theatres of war’ where the Americans are officially involved, reversing a policy of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who had given the letter. to the military in countries such as Somalia or Libya.

In March, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby had said that any planned attack against jihadist groups outside Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq would be submitted to the White House before being executed.

Former US President Donald Trump had, since the beginning of his term in 2016, diminished the control that his predecessor, Barack Obama, exercised over armed operations, arguing that he trusted his generals.

Since then, drone attacks have multiplied, from 11 bombings in Somalia in 2015 to 64 in 2019 and 54 in 2020, according to the Airwars organization.

Shortly before his departure from power, Trump ordered the withdrawal of about 700 Special Forces soldiers who had been deployed to Somalia to train and advise the country’s army.


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