US soldiers on secret Somali operations
Monday, June 25, 2012
Mogadishu—Hundreds of the US military troops have been deployed in Somalia for secret operations in the capital Mogadishu, Press TV reports.
At least 390 American troops have been training local soldiers secretly in Somali training bases over the past two months, Somali military sources said on Sunday.
Somali military officer Abdiwahab Mohamed Ali told Press TV that at least 390 American forces, including 38 officers have secretly reached the Mogadishu international airport.
The American troops have also set up secret jails in the country and inject dangerous drugs to Somali soldiers, according to sources.
The report came following two Friday US assassination drone attacks on al-Shabab fighters’ Harweyne training base in Elasha Biyaha on the outskirts of the capital, which claimed the lives of at least 39 people.
Earlier in January, the White House officially admitted in a report that it is launching concerted deadly attacks in Somalia as part of its campaign against the war on terror and the al-Qaeda militant group.
Washington has been using assassination drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia and claims that it is targeting terrorists in the operations, but civilians have often been killed in the strikes.—AP
At least 39 people have been killed in two US assassination drone attacks in Somalia, the latest of Washington's non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes in other countries, Press TV reports.
The attacks occurred on Friday when two US drone pounded al-Shabab’s Harweyne training base in Elasha Biyaha, the group’s stronghold on the outskirt of the capital, Mogadishu.
A senior member of the armed group confirmed the drone strikes and the death toll, adding that dozens more were also wounded in the attacks.
The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.
Washington has been carrying out assassination drone attacks in other countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks are taking a heavy toll on civilians.
The United Nations has also condemned the drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.
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