Somalia

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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

10:23 AM1/24/2023
At the request of the Federal Government of Somalia and in support of Somali National Army engagements against al-Shabaab, U.S. Africa Command conducted a collective self-defense strike on Jan. 23, 2023.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

6:30 PM1/20/2023
At the request of the Federal Government of Somalia and in support of Somali National Army engagements against al-Shabaab, U.S. Africa Command conducted a collective self-defense strike on Jan. 20, 2023.
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U.S. donates $9 million in weapons, equipment to support the Somali National Army

12:00 AM1/8/2023
Aside from heavy weapons, equipment included support and construction vehicles, explosive ordinance disposal kits, medical supplies, and maintenance equipment for vehicles and weapons.
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Somali forces engage al-Shabaab insurgents

4:34 PM12/23/2022
At the request of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted a self-defense strike Dec. 23, 2022, in support of Somali National Army engagements against al-Shabaab 248 km northeast of Mogadishu near Cadale, Somalia.
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Federal Government of Somalia combats terrorists

12:00 AM12/18/2022
At the request of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted two collective self-defense strikes, one each on Dec. 14 and 17, 2022, in support of Somali National Army engagements against al-Shabaab near Cadale, Somalia.
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Africa Leaders Summit

11:43 AM12/14/2022
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit builds on shared values to advance peace, security, and good governance, and reinforce commitment to democracy, human rights, and civil society.
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Austin: listening to African partners critical to development of productive relationships 

12:00 AM12/14/2022
Secretary Austin spoke Dec. 13, 2022, as the host of the Peace, Security and Governance Forum at the White House-led U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
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Africa Leaders Summit

12:00 AM12/13/2022
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III host a multi-lateral meeting with (left to right) President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger, President Ismail Omar Guelleh and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia at the Africa Leaders Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2022. "We thanked the presidents for hosting U.S. forces and their focus on countering violent extremist threats," said Austin after the meeting.
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Rewards for Justice – reward offers for information on key leaders of al-Shabaab

12:00 AM11/14/2022
Reward Offers for information on key leaders of al-Shabaab Ahmed Diriye, Mahad Karate, and Jehad Mostafa, and the Disruption of its financial mechanisms.
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Federal Government of Somalia engages terrorists with support from U.S. forces

9:32 AM10/25/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists who were attacking Somali National Army forces near Buulobarde, Somalia, about 218 km north-northwest of Mogadishu, on Oct. 23, 2022.
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U.S. forces conduct strike in Somalia targeting al-Shabaab leader

4:42 PM10/3/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against the al-Shabaab militant network in Somalia on Oct. 1, 2022.
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Federal Government of Somalia engages terrorists with support from U.S. forces

4:40 PM9/21/2022
At the request of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists who were attacking Somali National Army forces near Buulobarde, Somalia, on Sept. 18, 2022.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

1:51 PM9/1/2022
United States Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley visited Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, August 28-31, 2022 on his first trip to Africa since taking command of U.S. Africa Command on August 9, 2022.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/30/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, AFRICOM senior enlisted advisor, assess security and force protection measures at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, on Aug. 30, 2022. "Cooperative Security Location-Manda Bay is an important operational base for U.S. Africa Command forces in the region. The missions here are possible thanks to the exceptional relationship we have with our Kenyan partners and their commitment to regional security and stability," Langley said.
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Leadership by example: AFRICOM hosts senior enlisted conference

1:29 PM8/29/2022
Participants used the forum to discuss security cooperation, and the importance of leadership and professional military education.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/29/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Larry André, U.S. Embassy in Somalia, meet with Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Somalia on Aug. 29, 2022. The visit came as part of a four-day trip to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/29/2022
Amb. Larry André, U.S. Embassy in Somalia, greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, on Aug. 29 in Somalia as part of visits in East Africa. Meetings here stressed a whole-of-government approach to support security assistance/training programs that build capacity for partners to achieve regional stability.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/28/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participate in a CJTF-HOA capabilities brief on Aug. 28, 2022. The visit came as part of a four-day trip to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/28/2022
U.S. Army Maj. Christian Gehrels, acting defense attaché for the U.S. Embassy Djibouti, greets U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Africa Command, as he arrives at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 28, 2022. The greeting came on the front-end of a four-day trip by senior leaders to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/28/2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Francis, director of operations for U.S. Africa Command; U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Africa Command; U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa; and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jason P. Colón, command senior enlisted leader of CJTF-HOA, pose for a photo on Aug. 28, 2022. The engagement was part of a four-day trip by senior leaders to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/28/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, right, commander, U.S. Africa Command, greets Sadie Tucker, foreign policy advisor for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Aug. 28, 2022. The visit came as part of a four-day trip to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Langley makes first visit to Africa as commander

12:00 AM8/28/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, participate in a CJTF-HOA capabilities brief on Aug. 28, 2022. The visit came as part of a four-day trip to Djibouti, Somalia, and Manda Bay, Kenya, from August 28-31, 2022, to meet with host nation leaders, senior interagency officials, and deployed troops to better understand the political and military situation in East Africa, discuss shared concerns and priorities, and see ongoing operations firsthand.
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Association of African Air Forces: twenty-seven African nations come together

8:01 AM8/24/2022
The event allows action officer-level personnel designated by their respective Air Forces to collaborate.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

1:10 PM8/17/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists that were actively attacking Somali National Army forces in a remote location near Teedaan, Somalia, on Aug. 14, 2022.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

12:00 AM8/10/2022
In coordination with and in support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted three airstrikes against al-Shabaab terrorists who attacked Somali National Army Forces near Beledweyne, Somalia, on Aug. 9, 2022.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

12:00 AM7/18/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists after they attacked partner forces in a remote location near Libikus, Somalia, on July 17, 2022.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

2:50 PM6/3/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists after they attacked partner forces in a remote location near Beer Xaani, Somalia, on June 3, 2022.
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Gen. Townsend visits East Africa and Angola to advance mutual security interests

3:01 PM5/23/2022
The trip provided U.S. Africa Command leaders the opportunity to meet with civilian and military leaders in each nation to underscore the importance of partnership to confronting regional threats and achieving shared security goals.
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Department of State and Defense officials meet for 2022 East African Security Forum

1:54 PM5/16/2022
Maj. Gen. William Zana, commander, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, hosted the forum, which provided a face-to-face platform for representatives with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, U,S. Agency for International Development, and National Security Council. The discussions ranged from overarching long-term strategy to specific security threats in the region.
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Justified Accord hones peacekeeping operations for over 20 countries

9:45 PM3/17/2022
The exercise, with participation from more than 800 personnel from the U.S. joint force, interagencies, African Union and NATO, focused on training to enhance peacekeeping operations in the region from Feb. 28 to March 18, 2022.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

4:29 PM2/23/2022
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terrorists after they attacked partner forces in a remote location near Duduble, Somalia, on Feb. 22, 2022.
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Gen. Townsend visits Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya to advance mutual security interests

12:55 PM2/18/2022
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, concluded a multi-country trip to East Africa on Feb 17.
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Exercise Cutlass Express 2022 commences

12:00 AM2/6/2022
This year’s exercise leverages the recently adopted Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, which 14 nations are signatories, as a framework for exercising information sharing practices and enforcing marine rule of law.
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Justified Accord planning event paves way for PKO exercise

10:50 AM11/2/2021
The planning event is one of a series of similar events before the actual exercise in March. Beginning Oct. 18, 2021, participants laid the groundwork for the various aspects of Justified Accord 2022.
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AFRICOM commander, Homeland Security Advisor conclude visit to Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Niger

12:00 AM11/1/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Chris Maier visited U.S. personnel and operational facilities in Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Niger, Oct. 25-29.
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AFRICOM commander, Homeland Security Advisor conclude visit to Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Niger

8:08 AM10/30/2021
Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, assistant to the President for Homeland Security, meets with members of SEAL Team 2 personnel deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 26. Sherwood-Randall, accompanied by U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, were in Somalia as part of a five-day trip to get a first-hand perspective of the complex security environment in Africa.
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AFRICOM commander, Homeland Security Advisor conclude visit to Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Niger

8:08 AM10/30/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, assistant to the President for Homeland Security, conduct a troop engagement with SEAL Team 2 personnel deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 26. Sherwood-Randall and Townsend were in Somalia as part of a five-day trip to get a first-hand perspective of the complex security environment in Africa.
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U.S. Africa Command conducts strike against al-Shabaab

7:54 PM8/24/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted a collective self-defense strike against al-Shabaab fighters engaged in active combat with our Somali partners in the vicinity of Cammaara, Somalia, on Aug. 24, 2021.
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U.S. Africa Command supports Somali partners against al-Shabaab

7:00 PM8/2/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab in the vicinity of Qeycad, Somalia, on Aug. 1, 2021.
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Commander participates in Cutlass Express, JCET opening ceremonies

12:00 AM7/30/2021
U.S. Africa Command leaders including U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, visited Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti from July 25-30, 2022.
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Cutlass Express 21 begins, aims to strengthen coalition to secure maritime domains

8:40 AM7/28/2021
CE 21 assesses and improves combined maritime law enforcement capacity and promotes national and regional security in East Africa.
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U.S. Africa Command supports Somali partners against al-Shabaab

10:16 PM7/23/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab in the vicinity of Qeycad, Galmudug, Somalia, on July 23, 2021.
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U.S. Africa Command conducts strike against al-Shabaab

12:00 AM7/20/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Galkayo, Somalia, on July 20, 2021.
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Armored Personnel Carriers complement Somalia security forces in fight against al-Shabaab

3:37 PM7/8/2021
The six vehicles were turned-over to SNA-Danab forces July 6 in a ceremony attended by leaders in the Somali Defense Forces, U.S. Department of State & U.S. Africa Command. Included in the package were basic issue items to ensure proper maintenance of the vehicles.
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Armored Personnel Carriers complement Somalia security forces in fight against al-Shabaab

3:36 PM7/8/2021
The six vehicles were turned-over to SNA-Danab forces July 6 in a ceremony attended by leaders in the Somali Defense Forces, U.S. Department of State & U.S. Africa Command.
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Armored Personnel Carriers complement Somalia security forces in fight against al-Shabaab

3:34 PM7/8/2021
The six vehicles were turned-over to SNA-Danab forces July 6 in a ceremony attended by leaders in the Somali Defense Forces, U.S. Department of State & U.S. Africa Command.
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U.S. Africa Command Forces conduct back-to-back periodic engagements in Somalia

12:00 AM5/10/2021
During these engagements, U.S. forces provided combat-oriented training and operational planning.
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U.S. Africa Command Forces conduct back-to-back periodic engagements in Somalia

12:00 AM3/31/2021
U.S. forces conduct ground warfare training with the Danab Brigade in Somalia on March 31, 2021. Special Operations Command Africa remains engaged with partner forces in Somalia using air and ground assets in order to promote safety and stability across the Horn of Africa.
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U.S. Africa Command Forces conduct back-to-back periodic engagements in Somalia

12:00 AM3/30/2021
U.S. forces conduct medical training with the Danab Brigade in Somalia on March 30, 2021. Special Operations Command Africa remains engaged with partner forces in Somalia using both ground and air assets in order to promote safety and stability across the Horn of Africa.
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U.S. Africa Command Forces conduct back-to-back periodic engagements in Somalia

12:00 AM3/30/2021
U.S. forces conduct medical training with the Danab Brigade in Somalia on March 30, 2021. Special Operations Command Africa remains engaged with partner forces in Somalia using both air and ground assets in order to promote safety and stability across the Horn of Africa.
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U.S. Forces work alongside African military members

8:36 AM2/2/2021
U.S. service members speak with Ugandan and Somali forces about upcoming training in Somalia Jan. 29, 2021.
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U.S. Forces work alongside African military members

8:27 AM2/2/2021
U.S. service members speak with Danab soldiers on in Somalia Jan. 28, 2021. AFRICOM forces continue to train, advise and support Somali and other East African partners in their fight against violent extremism.
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U.S. Africa Command forces conduct two strikes on al-Shabaab operatives

4:35 PM1/19/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted two airstrikes in the vicinities of Jamaame and Deb Scinnele, Somalia, on Jan. 19, 2021.
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AFRICOM commander concludes visit to East Africa

11:59 AM1/19/2021
Commander, senior enlisted leader, wrap up a five-day visit to East Africa including stops in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya as well as to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), operating off the coast of Somalia.
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AFRICOM commander, senior enlisted leader conduct trip to East Africa

12:00 AM1/19/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, wrapped up a five-day visit to East Africa in mid-January 2021, which included stops in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya as well as to the USS Makin Island, operating off the coast of Somalia. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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U.S. Africa Command forces conduct strike on al-Shabaab compound

9:52 PM1/18/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Tiyeeglow, Somalia, on Jan. 18, 2021.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:33 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a tour of the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:30 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, inspects an F-35B Lightning II, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a tour of the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:05 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during an award ceremony on the ship's flight deck. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:00 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during an award ceremony on the ship's flight deck. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM commander conducts engagements in Somalia

4:48 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, completed a multi-day engagement in Somalia and a visit to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, operating off the coast of Somalia, Jan. 16-18.
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Commander, command senior enlisted leader conclude visit to East Africa

12:00 AM1/15/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to a group of service members during an award ceremony at an airfield in East Africa, Jan 15, 2021. Townsend traveled to East Africa to review future posturing of U.S. forces with key leaders in support of Operation Octave Quartz in preparation for the next phase of operations in East Africa.
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Commander, command senior enlisted leader conclude visit to East Africa

12:00 AM1/15/2021
Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, U.S. Africa Command, congratulates a service member during an award ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 15, 2021. Thresher was part of a five-day visit to East Africa with U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. During the trip, Thresher recognized U.S. forces and spoke with partner military leadership about training possibilities.
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U.S. Africa Command conducts strike on al-Shabaab leaders

12:00 AM1/7/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Saaxa Weyne, Somalia, on Jan. 7, 2021.
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U.S. Africa Command conducts strikes on al-Shabaab compound

12:47 PM1/2/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike in Somalia on Jan. 1, 2021.
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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Supports Operation Octave Quartz

1:35 PM12/28/2020
A C-2 Greyhound, from the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Dec. 9, 2020. Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce.
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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group supports Operation Octave Quartz

11:20 AM12/28/2020
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group has been providing operational and close air support to Joint Task Force – Quartz and Operation Octave Quartz. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group arrived to support operations in Somalia Dec. 21.
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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Supports Operation Octave Quartz

11:18 AM12/28/2020
A C-2 Greyhound, from the "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, launches off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Dec. 9, 2020. Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce.
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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Supports Operation Octave Quartz

11:12 AM12/28/2020
A Sailor directs an E/A-18G Growler, from the “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Dec. 2, 2020. Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:59 PM12/22/2020
201218-M-UY835-1052 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2020) – U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The F-35Bs provide close air support to Operation OCTAVE QUARTZ. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:54 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:45 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:26 PM12/22/2020
201219-N-LR905-1556 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 19, 2020) – A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (Reinforced) 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, flagship of the Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 15th MEU conduct operations under Joint Task Force – Quartz in support of Operation Octave Quartz. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:21 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali coast

11:55 AM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Somalia as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force - Quartz, Dec. 21.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

11:55 AM12/22/2020
201218-M-UY835-1052 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2020) – U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The F-35Bs provide close air support to Operation OCTAVE QUARTZ. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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U.S. Africa Command releases video from Dec. 10 airstrike to degrade al-Shabaab

3:56 PM12/11/2020
This video shows a precision air strike on the location of a known al-Shabaab explosives network leader near Jilib around 1 p.m. local time, Dec. 10, 2020. Initial assessments show the operation killed 8 and wounded 2 terrorists.
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U.S. Africa Command releases video from Dec. 10 airstrike to degrade al-Shabaab

3:41 PM12/11/2020
Muuqaalkaan/fiidiyoowgaan waxaa uu ku saabsanayahay duqeeyn lala beeganayo meel lagu ogyahay madaxa al-Shabaab uqaabilsan walxaha qarxa oo u dhow Jilib qiyaastii saacadu markay tahay 1 p.m. sagaalka subaxnimo Dec. 10, 2020.
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Le gouvernement fédéral de la Somalie et les États-Unis ciblent les fabricants d'explosifs d'Al-Shabaab

3:06 PM12/10/2020
En coordination avec le gouvernement fédéral de la Somalie, le Commandement américain pour l'Afrique a mené deux(2) frappes aériennes visant des experts en explosifs d'al-Shabaab dans les environs de Jilib, en Somalie, le 10 décembre.
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Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. target al-Shabaab explosives makers

1:50 PM12/10/2020
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted two (2) airstrikes targeting al-Shabaab explosives experts in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, on Dec. 10, 2020.
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Dowladda Federaalka Soomaaliya iyo Mareykanka ayaa bartilmaameedsada al-Shabaab soo saara waxyaabaha qarxa

12:00 AM12/10/2020
Iyadoo lala kaashanayo Dowladda Federaalka ee Soomaaliya, Taliska Mareykanka ee Afrika wuxuu fuliyay labo (2) weerar cirka ah oo lagu bartilmaameedsanayay khubarada al-Shabaab ee ku xeel dheer qaraxyada agagaarka Jilib, Soomaaliya, Dec. 10.
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AFRICOM commander travels to East Africa

5:00 PM11/27/2020
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command, was joined by acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on a multi-day trip Nov. 25-27 to Djibouti and Somalia.
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AFRICOM’s new director of operations visits Africa to engage with partners

7:56 AM10/3/2020
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joel Tyler, director of operations, U.S. Africa Command, traveled to the African continent to engage with partners, visit key U.S. military operating locations, and deepen his understanding of security in the region, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.
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AFRICOM & SOCAF leaders visit East & West partner nations

9:38 AM9/28/2020
During the trip, both Young and Anderson conducted key leader engagements with African and international partner civilian and military leaders. At trip stops, leaders focused on the regional VEO threats and collective solutions to degrade these terrorist networks.
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AFRICOM & SOCAF leaders visit East & West partner nations

8:25 AM9/26/2020
The trip, which included stops in Somalia, Djibouti, Chad and Niger, demonstrated AFRICOM’s whole of government approach in Africa.
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AFRICOM & SOCAF leaders visit East & West partner nations

6:22 PM9/25/2020
During the trip, both Young and Anderson conducted key leader engagements with African and international partner civilian and military leaders. At trip stops, leaders focused on the regional VEO threats and collective solutions to degrade these terrorist networks.
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AFRICOM & SOCAF leaders visit East & West partner nations

6:21 PM9/25/2020
During the trip, both Young and Anderson conducted key leader engagements with African and international partner civilian and military leaders. At trip stops, leaders focused on the regional VEO threats and collective solutions to degrade these terrorist networks.
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SOCAF commander, expert panel discuss the significance of countering VEO efforts in Africa

3:07 PM9/15/2020
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Naval Special Warfare Group TWO

10:52 AM9/3/2020
A Somali Soldier assigned to the 3rd DANAB maintains a watchful eye during a short security halt a on patrol near the town of Wanla Weyn, Somalia, July 22, 2019. The DANAB are a highly trained Somali National Army infantry commando force, named after the Somali word for lightning.
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Al-Shabaab Terrorist Network: The Nature of this Enemy

5:48 PM8/28/2020
In 2020, U.S. Africa Command has conducted 46 airstrikes to degrade the al-Shabaab terrorist network.
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Federal Government of Somalia, AFRICOM target al-Shabaab

9:00 PM8/20/2020
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting one terrorist in the vicinity of Kurtun Warey, Somalia, on Aug. 20, 2020.
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Somali, U.S. forces engage insurgents in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

12:00 AM7/22/2020
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against ISIS-Somalia terrorists after they attacked partner forces in a remote location near Timirshe, Somalia, on July 21, 2020.
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Fallen Soldier memorialized at contingency locations

11:26 AM6/2/2020
On May 1 a grand-opening ceremony was held at Baledogle Military Airfield, Somalia, for the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility, and on May 21 the Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility at Manda Bay was officially renamed the Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

12:21 PM12/28/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants Dec. 27, 2017, approximately 25 kilometers west of the capital, killing four terrorists and destroying one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

2:08 PM12/18/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight terrorists and destroying one vehicle.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

2:52 PM12/12/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab vehicle-borne improvised explosive device Dec. 12, 2017, approximately 65 kilometers southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

5:14 PM11/27/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against ISIS in northeastern Somalia on Nov. 27, 2017, killing one terrorist.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

6:09 PM11/21/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp Nov. 21, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

1:46 PM11/15/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Nov. 14, 2017, at approximately 6 p.m. local Somalia time, killing several militants.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

6:11 PM11/12/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m. local Somalia time, killing one enemy combatant.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

7:32 PM11/9/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Thur., Nov. 9, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m. local Somalia time, killing several militants.
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U.S. conducts airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

5:57 PM11/3/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted two separate airstrikes against ISIS, in northeastern Somalia on Nov. 3, 2017, killing several terrorists.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

1:40 PM9/13/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted three precision airstrikes in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Sept. 13, 2017, killing six terrorists.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

9:34 AM9/8/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab on Sept. 7, 2017, killing one terrorist.
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U.S. conducts airstrike in support of the Federal Government of Somalia

2:22 PM9/6/2017
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the Department of Defense conducted a precision airstrike in central Somalia against al-Shabaab militants Sept. 5, 2017, killing three terrorists.
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U.S. conducts three strikes against al-Shabaab

2:50 PM8/17/2017
From Aug. 16-17, 2017, the Department of Defense conducted a series of three precision airstrikes against al-Shabaab militants, killing seven fighters.
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U.S. strikes against al-Shabaab

4:56 PM8/10/2017
On Aug. 10, 2017, the Department of Defense conducted two kinetic strikes against al-Shabaab militants.
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U.S. confirms strike against al-Shabaab’s Ali Jabal

10:37 AM8/4/2017
On July 30, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m. Somalia local time, the Department of Defense conducted a successful kinetic strike near Tortoroow in southern Somalia, killing al-Shabaab’s Ali Muhammad Hussein, known as Ali Jabal.
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U.S. strike against al-Shabaab

1:49 PM7/31/2017
On July 30, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m. Somalia local time working from actionable intelligence, the Department of Defense conducted a successful kinetic strike operation against an al-Shabaab Mogadishu Attack Network militant in Somalia, killing one fighter and with no civilian casualties.
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U.S. strikes al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

5:44 PM7/5/2017
On July 4, 2017 the Department of Defense conducted a successful collective self-defense strike operation against an al-Shabaab troop concentration.
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U.S. strike against al-Shabaab logistics node

6:17 PM6/11/2017
On June 11, 2017, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in southern Somalia.
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U.S. self-defense strike in Somalia

10:18 AM1/10/2017
On Jan. 7, 2017, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, Somali partner forces, African Union Mission in Somalia forces and U.S. advisors conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in Gaduud, Somalia.
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U.S. Africa Command completes assessment on Galcayo strike

4:16 PM11/15/2016
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.
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UPDATE: U.S. self-defense strikes in Somalia

8:39 AM9/29/2016
On Sept. 28, 2016, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in Galcayo, Somalia.
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U.S. self-defense strikes in Somalia

4:08 PM9/27/2016
On Sept. 26, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in Caba, near Kismayo, Somalia.
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U.S. self-defense strike in Somalia

12:32 PM9/7/2016
On Aug. 30, 2016, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia near Gobanale, Somalia.
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U.S. Self-Defense Strikes in Somalia

12:32 PM9/7/2016
On Sept. 5, 2016, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted two self-defense strikes against al-Shabaab near Tortoroow, Somalia.
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U.S. forces conduct defensive fires in Somalia against al-Shabaab terrorists

4:23 PM6/23/2016
On June 21, 2016, in southern Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab, killing three.
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U.S. forces conduct defensive fires in Somalia against al-Shabaab terrorists in May

12:57 PM6/17/2016
U.S. forces supporting the Federal Government of Somalia provided defensive fires on May 9, 12 and 13, 2016, to protect forces from imminent threats posed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
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Assessment confirms deaths of two senior al-Shabaab members in Somalia

10:47 AM6/8/2016
U.S. Africa Command has completed assessment of two recent actions on May 27 and 31, 2016, against al-Shabaab targets in Somalia.
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Pentagon statement on airstrike in Somalia

7:59 PM3/7/2016
On March 5, 2016, the U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of our African Union Mission in Somalia partners, conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab training facility.
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