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World Somalia: first shot of drone against Shebab since the election of Joe Biden

05:15  22 july  2021
05:15  22 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The drone attack was the first conducted in Somalia since Biden took office in January. The administration of former president Donald Trump had set broad rules for strikes in particular countries, including Somalia and Libya. He delegated authority to commanders in the field about when to carry them But Biden reversed the policy and put new limits on strikes outside active war zones. Proposals for strikes are now generally routed through the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in March that any planned strikes against militant groups outside Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq were now

The United States has conducted another drone strike in Somalia , this time targeting a senior Shebab leader thought to have been plotting attacks against Americans in Mogadishu, the Pentagon said Friday. "There has been, in the past, legitimate criticism that the architecture -- the legal architecture -- around the use of drone strikes or other kinetic strength was not as precise as it should have been, and there is no doubt that civilians were killed that should not have been," Obama said at the end of a nuclear security summit in Washington.

Un drone M.A.L.E. américain Prédator MQ-1, le 6 février 2013 (image d'illustration). © Effin Lopez / Handout A Drone M.A.L.E. American Predator MQ-1, February 6, 2013 (image of illustration).

In Somalia, for the first time since Joe Biden's arrival at the American Presidency, the Americans ordered a shot of drone against the Shebabs. Operation Conducted Tuesday, July 20th targeted Islamist terrorists near Galkayo, in the center of Somalia.

with our correspondent in Nairobi, Sébastien Nemeth

This is probably the emergency that led the Americans to use their drones. The balance sheet is not yet known, but the typing was triggered while the US Elite Unit, trained by the United States, was undergoing an ambush stretched by the Shebabs 600 km north of Mogadishu.

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The Shebab were once a magnet for foreign volunteers, but their capacity to recruit has in recent years been eclipsed by the rise of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq (AFP Photo/Mohamed Abdiwahab). Most of the victims were students. They have also conducted a string of attacks and massacres across northeastern Kenya, from Mandera in the far north to the Lamu region on the coast. The United States has in recent years launched numerous drone strikes against Shebab leaders, including a strike last September that killed the group's leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.

US drone aircraft targeted a senior figure in Somalia 's Shebab militia, the Pentagon said Tuesday, in the latest bid to take out leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked group. US special operations forces "using unmanned aircraft and several Hellfire missiles" carried out the strike on Saturday against Shebab 's chief The Pentagon identified the Shebab senior figure as Yusuf Dheeq. Somali government officials and witnesses told AFP over the weekend that a house used by members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants had been hit in an air raid on Saturday. In September last year, the Shebab 's leader

This is the first operation of the genre under the biden presidency while under Donald Trump, the number of air bombardments had reached record levels. These strikes had ceased on January 20, from Joe Biden's oath.

The new administration has enacted new very strict rules the time to define a new policy in this area. These operations were now needed to get a prerequisite green light from the white house. This has not been Tuesday. Cindi King, spokesman for the Pentagon, explains that he "did not need validation because our command in Africa when our allies are targeted by an attack."

But this striking does not necessarily mean a return from the massive use of drones in Somalia. The evaluations are still in progress. In addition, at the end of his term, Donald Trump had ordered the full withdrawal of the American military from Somalia, who have been redeployed to Kenya and Djibouti. Their return to Mogadishu is not impossible.

In April, General Townsend, Head of Command in Africa, stated that the redeployment outside the country complicated operations and lower the level of understanding of the Somali context.

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