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US News Somalia: The US military recognizes the death of a civilian in an airstrike

18:46  29 july  2020
18:46  29 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un avion cargo américain en Somalie, en 2017 (photo d'illustration). © US Air Force An American cargo plane in Somalia, in 2017 (photo illustration).

Extremely rare, the United States admitted that its bombardments in Somalia resulted in civilian casualties. According to Africom, the American command in Africa, a strike carried out on February 2 killed one person and injured three others. Recognition hailed by human rights defenders, but which remains insufficient.

With our regional correspondent, Sébastien Németh

This is only the third time in more than ten years that Washington has admitted civilian casualties in Somalia. An acknowledgment published in Africom’s second quarterly report regarding its airstrikes in the country. Analyzes that Washington had to resolve to disseminate after years of complaints denouncing the collateral damage of its war against the Islamists .

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This time, on February 2, a bomb dropped on suspected shebabs, in the region of Jilib, south of Mogadishu, killed one person and injured three others. According to Amnesty International, it is a woman and three members of her family, unrelated to the terrorists.

Four investigations still ongoing

"Our goal is to always minimize the impact on civilians. Unfortunately, we weren't targeting these people, ”responded General Stephen Townsend, the US commander in Africa.

Twenty-seven investigations into similar incidents have been completed and four are still underway, the US command said.

Amnesty International, which has repeatedly denounced US impunity in these cases, describes with irony "a welcome glimmer of transparency amid a decade of bloody military operations." For Brian Castner, one of the organization’s researchers, Africom has not provided any compensation to the families and should instead prevent these deaths from occurring, instead of acknowledging them after the fact.

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