US military drone raids target Al-Shabaab in central Somalia
The operation was carried out in Shaam-Garre, Raqaleey, Raydableey, Golole, Anoley and Gumeysidiid areas, all under Barire district in Awdheegle district of Lower Shabelle region.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali forces have made advances on several fronts in the southern Lower Shabelle region, clearing militants from a key military command base, officials said.
The SNA forces retook control of Shaam-Garre, Raqaleey, Raydableey, Golole, Anoley, and Gumeysidiid areas, all under Barire and Awdheegle districts of the conflict-hit province near the capital.
Abdullahi Mustaf, a senior military official said the capture followed an operation by the Somali forces, noting there was no resistance as Al-Shabaab militants vacated the area following reports of troops' movement.
Awdheegle district and the nearby Barire have attacked several times by Al-Shabaab since the group lost the key area to Somali and African Union forces last year during a joint offensive.
Despite facing defeats on the battlefields and facing the U.S. airstrikes, the Al-Qaeda-linked group still controls large swathes of territory in the south and central Somalia.
It's the third operation by AFRICOM in Somalia since Biden authorized the re-deployment of American forces to the country in May 2020.