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US Drone Strikes Kill Dozens in Somalia
July 7, 2011
Press TV, Thursday July 7, 2011 8:49AM
Dozens of al-Shabab fighters have reportedly been killed after the US
military used remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles to target their
bases in southern Somalia.
The US drone attacks were carried out
late on Wednesday in Dhoobley and Afmadow towns located near Kismayo,
capital of the lower Juba region and a port city located some 500
kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said
Somalia's Deputy Defense Minister Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig, quoted in a
report by a Press TV correspondent.
The fresh US drone strike
comes as the Americans carried out another drone attack in Somalia two
weeks ago, The Washington Post reported.
The drone strike
reportedly targeted two high-ranking members of al-Shabab militant group
that allegedly had "direct ties" to what the US describes as
'anti-American cleric' Anwar Al Awlaki, a US-born citizen of Yemeni
descent who is on the CIA's list of 'suspected terrorists' and
reportedly hiding in Yemen.
In October 2009, al-Shabab fighters
claimed they had shot down a US drone aircraft flying over Kismayo, a
port town located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali
Drone attacks in Somalia make the lawless
state the sixth country where the US military has used remote-controlled
aircraft to conduct such lethal strikes.
The United States has
now employed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to
launch aerial bombings.
Somalia has been without a functioning
government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia
remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees
and internally displaced persons in the world.
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