Somalia, Jan 09: According to African Command, the US carried out an airstrike against Saaxa Weyne on the Somali coast Thursday, killing at least five people, all of whom were labeled suspects. They insist no civilians were slain.
Air Force officials said that the primary target of the strike was suspected of involvement in al-Shabaab’s financing. They added the attack proved US commitment to its partners in Somalia.
Emphasis of the strikes as proof of commitment has been repeated in recent US strikes in Somalia, coming as the US ground troops continue to withdraw. This may raise expectations that the US will keep attacking sites in Somalia just to say they remain involved.