The United States has clearly stepped up its assault against terrorist groups based in Africa. Today’s drone attacks on two Somalia towns is the most powerful and violent incursion to date. The US military launched drone delivered bombs on Bilis Qooqaani town located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of Mogadishu. Reports are that at least 79 people were killed.
In similar drone strikes fell on Afmadow city, in the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu. A reported 29 people were killed and 43 injured during the bombing.
On October 28, the United States acknowledge that it had drone aircraft on a base in Ethiopia. At that time Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said, “The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there (Ethiopia) to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated campaign to counter terrorism.” It is obvious now that the drones are armed and will carry out raids when called upon.
Just a few weeks back President Obama dispatched 100 combat troops to central Africa to help train and advice African nations fighting the feared Lord’s Resistance Army, who are particularly noted for raping women.
The United States has also delivered $45 million in military equipment to Uganda and Burundi and $24 million to Kenya to bolster those countries armed forces engaged in Somalia.