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U.S. Airstrikes Kill Hundreds in Somalia as Shadowy Conflict Ramps Up

 

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Hundreds in Somalia as Shadowy Conflict Ramps Up by Eric Schmitt and Charlie Savage – New York Times

    The American military has escalated a battle against the Shabab, an extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, in Somalia even as President Trump seeks to scale back operations against similar Islamist insurgencies elsewhere in the world, from Syria and Afghanistan to West Africa.

    A surge in American airstrikes over the last four months of 2018 pushed the annual death toll of suspected Shabab fighters in Somalia to the third record high in as many years. Last year, the strikes killed 326 people in 47 disclosed attacks, Defense Department data show.

     And so far this year, the intensity is on a pace to eclipse the 2018 record. During January and February alone, the United States Africa Command reported killing 225 people in 24 strikes in Somalia. Double-digit death tolls are becoming routine, including a bloody five-day stretch in late February in which the military disclosed that it had killed 35, 20 and 26 people in three separate attacks.

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