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Jihadist Attack U.S. Air Base in Somalia, Claim Victory

Monday, Jihadists attacked two locations in Somalia.  One was a U.S. Military airbase in the south part of the Lower Shabelle region.  The second attack was a European peace-keeping envoy in the capital city of Mogadishu.  Somalia has always been a target for terrorist groups and has attacked the country on several occasions.  The U.S. has aided Somalia as the fight against terrorists continues.

The first attack on the U.S. airbase was two vehicles that were driven in the direction of the Balegdole airbase when they were set off and exploded at the gates.  Jihadists opened fire immediately after the explosions in an effort to take over the base.  Somalia’s Al-Qaeda group, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack and released a false statement saying their insurgents were victorious at entering the gates of the airbase.  The report said, “After breaching the perimeters of the heavily fortified base, the mujahideen [holy warriors] stormed the military complex, engaging the crusaders in an intense firefight.”

Al-Shabab is well known for exaggerating the statements they put out to make themselves look better than they are and to try to add more fear into the public eyes.  The U.S. Ambassador to Somalia put out a statement that there was no entry passed the gates but confirmed and condemned the attacks.  The report said, “The United States condemns the attacks today in Baledogle and Mogadishu.  We commend the Somali security forces who repelled the attack against the Somali National Army (SNA) Base in Baledogle, Lower Shabelle region.  The security forces stopped this ultimately failed attack due to their alertness and swift response, not allowing the attackers to breach the outer defensive perimeters of the base.”

The United States military stated, they, along with partner forces, destroyed a vehicle and killed all ten of the militants who were responsible after the attack.  The statement released said, “In response to this attack and in self-defense, U.S. Africa Command conducted two airstrikes and used small arms fire targeting al Shabaab terrorists.”

The Balegdole air base is about 60 miles west of Mogadishu and is the home for three different forces.  The Ugandan peace-keeping troops, the U.S. special forces, and the Somalia special forces all reside there at the base.  The reports show there were no injuries or casualties in either of the attacks on Monday.  Hussein Sheikh-Ali, a former national security adviser and founder of the Mogadishu-based security think-tank the Hiraal Institute said, “The attack showed al Shabaab maintains a good intelligence network and can mount complex operations.  It implies they have high intelligence and a degree of capability just to get close to that place.”

The airbase is known for using mounted drone attacks when needed.  There was a dip in the airstrikes called for in Somalia by the U.S.  In the first three months of this year, 28 airstrikes were called for, and there were only four used in the last two months.  Hundreds of U.S. troops were withdrawn from Somalia last year, and there is the talk of possibly sending more troops back home, but nothing was determined as of yet.

The second attack was a roadside bomb blasting a peace-keeping envoy which came from Italy.  It was confirmed by the Italian Ministry of Defense that the convoy was hit in the explosions.  There were pictures sent to Newsweek showing a light-armored vehicle was heavily damaged along with the buildings near the explosion.  The Italians were there to train Somalian forces as part of an E.U. mission.  Somali has been in a fierce civil war since 1991, and the United Nations has been backing the country to keep its stronghold on the nation.  The Jihadists wish to overthrow the government to bring in their strict version of Islam.

Many of the insurgents use roadside bombs and suicide bombers to attack and then swarm in to try and take over a region.  Many are unsuccessful, but the damage is always extensive and a nuisance.  Last week, al Shabaab claimed 14 Burundian peacekeepers killed.  The African Union said only three were killed.

The United States Ambassador’s statement also said, “We are thankful that there were no SNA causalities between the multiple attacks.  This attack yet again demonstrates Al-Shabab violently opposes progress towards peace and prosperity in Somalia. The United States affirms our strong commitment to the people and government of Somalia and to assist collective efforts to degrade terror groups and build a stronger and prosperous Somalia that offers a brighter future for its people.”

Comments (23)

  1. What the hell are U.S. troops doing there anyway , helping a country that hates U.S.! American military bases abroad are just a war waiting to happen for profits from the business of gun running the military industrial complex, the war mongers profit while military men and women died through blind patriotism to corrupt politicians! Bring them all home to protect U.S. soil from tyranny from both foreign and domestic sources!

  2. Islam has been at war with the world for its 1400yrs of existence. Mohammed said he succeeded by terror & ruled by terror There is no kind of Islam outside of lies & terrorism as taught to muslims from very young age in their mosques. Moderate muslims or reform musli m.h s are severely abused tortured ostracised & killed wherever they are found by real Koran believers.

  3. Never see any comments on this site.

  4. why is it the Muslims just plain suck. They are hateful people who should probably be rounded up into pens in the Sahara and left to die. They have no value to society. Yes I know that from 40 AD to 12 ad the Muslims were advancing science and art while most of Europe was not . Who cares! today they are a bunch of crazy maniacs that need to be gotten rid of like the insects and vermin they are.

  5. Need to do a “search and destroy” mission to root out and KILL terrorists. Quit playing “patty cake” with them and DESTROY them – Let them know that WE MEAN BUSINESS . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (KEEP America Great Again).

  6. Obama is thrown the stone and hiding the hand

  7. Time Al-Shabab is destroyed for all time. They need to be
    stomped into the earth. Time all jihadists are taken out.
    They are nothing but cold-blooded murders wanting power
    and control. They have some similarities to our Democrats.

  8. Why do we have American solders over in Somalia risking their lives for these stinking people who hate us. It doesn’t make sense to me. We should bring our solders home and worry about protecting our homeland. Those ignorant people have been fighting over there for 1400 years. They are not going to stop. Either turn that part of the world into glass or come home and not worry unless they try to attack us. I do t know maybe I can’t see the big picture but we have been known to help certain groups and then later on they turn against us because they never liked us in the first place they only used us to help them beat their enemies.

  9. UN is Totally WORTHLESS anymore. Outlived their times.

  10. Ilhan Omar’s hometown and where she would still be living but for here illegal immigration scam.

  11. This is what happens when you elect stupid muslim-samalians to congress.

  12. Well then, perhaps the US should cut off all foreign aid to Somlia and deport all of their refugees back to Somalia !

  13. This is another country that needs to be bombed off the map along with Iran and North Korea.

  14. Well it looks like it has come the time to FIGHT BACK and a TAKE NO PRISONERS and NO NEGOTIATIONS.

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