U.S. Africa Command completes assessment on Galcayo strike

On Oct. 4, 2016, U.S. Africa Command directed that an assessment be conducted to review the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 28, 2016, strike and to evaluate if there were any civilian casualties as a result.



By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany Nov 15, 2016
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On Sept. 28, 2016, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike in Galcayo, Somalia, in support of a partner force, an element of the Puntland Security Forces, conducting counter-terrorism operations.

A group of armed fighters attacked a PSF-led patrol in early daylight. PSF forces returned fire in self-defense, but were unable to subdue the attack or withdraw without suffering casualties. At the request of PSF forces and based on their own assessment of the situation, U.S. forces conducted a strike to neutralize the threat to the PSF element, killing 10 armed fighters and wounding 3 others.

On Oct. 4, U.S. Africa Command directed that an assessment be conducted to review the circumstances surrounding the strike and to evaluate if there were any civilian casualties as a result. The assessment reached the following conclusions:

  • Sufficient evidence was presented to conclude no civilian casualties were caused by the Sept. 28 strike.
  • The armed fighters who attacked the PSF patrol at the time were believe to be part of al-Shabaab, but with further review it was determined they were local militia forces. 
  • U.S. forces lawfully and appropriately used force to defend the PSF element in response to the attack by the local militia forces against that U.S.-partner force.

No U.S. forces were killed or injured as a result of this incident.

It is important to note that the United States is working with the government of Somalia, and our AMISOM partners, to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab. This is a group that has killed and terrorized civilians, police, and military units across Somalia and its neighboring countries.

 

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