The us army laid off Bilal al Sudanione of the leaders of Islamic State terrorist group (IS) in Somalia, and ten other people linked to him, indicated US government sources.
The operation took place by order of the President of the United States, Joe Bidenand produced “in a mountainous area in the north of the country”.
The extensive planning of this operation for several months and its precise execution, according to official sources, meant that there were no victims, neither among civilians nor among US forces.
Al Sudani had “a long history as a terrorist in Somalia”. Before joining the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Department of State American was targeting him for his role in the al shabab jihadist group.
Helped foreign fighters travel to the training camp of Al Shabab and facilitated the funding of extremists in Somalia: “He had a key operational and financial role, with specific skills that made him an important target for the American counterterrorism action”, added the sources related to the operation.
It is believed that he was involved in the financing of a Islamic State affiliate network around the world and particularly in places where this terrorist organization has been expanding its reach in Africa.
“The United States and its allies are safer today as a result of this operation.”, stressed the sources.
The US Army had prepared for the possibility of capturing him, but the Biden Administration noted that “the aggressive hostile response” received resulted in his death.
“The success of the operation reflects the extraordinary and patient work of the Defense Department and from the different government agencies”, added the sources, who explained that to prepare the US forces they rehearsed their movements in places similar to the place where the attack finally took place.
Since Washington It was pointed out that, as they have been saying for years, both the Islamic State like the terrorist group Al Shabab They take advantage of areas of the country without a government presence to operate with “too much freedom.”
“In this operation and others, President Biden has made it abundantly clear that we are determined to find and eliminate terrorist threats to America and the Americans wherever they are hiding, no matter how remote,” they stressed.
The United States added that it informed the Somali Executive of what happened and other partners of its anti-terrorist action.
This Monday, also in Somalia, US forces killed two Al Shabaab members “in self-defense” in a remote area in the center of the country where the Somali Army was conducting a military operation against jihadists.
The United States Military Command in Africa (Africom) announced on Tuesday that this operation took place at request of the Federal Government of Somalia and in support of the Somali National Army’s fighting against Al Shabab.
The US has been involved in military operations against Al Shabab on Somali soil since at least 2007.
Although the former president donald trump (2017-2021) ordered the withdrawal of US soldiers in Somalia in 2020, the current Biden Administration announced again in May 2022 the reinforcement of the military presence there with the deployment of “less than 500” troops.
(With information from EFE)
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