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But unlike the case in Gothic Serpent — an operation that included the infamous Battle of Mogadishu, also known as Black Hawk Down — no U.S. forces were killed in the events of 2019.
The first strike took place 176 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, killing seven militants, while the second strike took place approximately 220 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, killing eight al-Shabab fighters.
After an investigation by Human Rights Watch, AFRICOM admitted responsibility for killing Abdi’s niece and injuring his other relatives, who the Americans said were “not visible” during a strike on a “targeted individual.”
The Somali government says it has killed more than 600 Al-Shabaab militants since the start of the war in August this year, taking over 100 villages, most of them in the Hiran region.
The last such conference was held in August 2014. Barack Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, the first such event of its kind.
'Self-defence strike' came days after Al Shabab killed five soldiers in the capital, Mogadishu
The U.S. statement says al-Shabab fighters had been attacking Somali military forces. It says the initial assessment is that no civilians were killed.
The reinvigorated American military presence in Somalia stands in contrast to Mr. Biden’s decision last year to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which he justified in part by saying that “it is time to end the forever war.”
The ministry noted that the operation involving foreign troops took place in the main Al-Shabaab hideout. Nadir has been fighting in Somalia for extremist groups since 2006.
The organization Airwars, which lists the civilian victims of air strikes around the world, estimated in its annual report published in May that between 15 and 27 civilians had been killed in U.S. operations in Syria alone.
The President of Somalia already met with the leaders who participated in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed with them on the war on Al-Shabaab.
The US is a key partner in the war on Al-Shabaab with Biden approved to send hundreds of American troops back to Somalia in May this year shortly after Mohamud's election victory to resume airstrikes.