By Abayomi Azikiwe
Pentagon bombing operations against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have killed numerous people over the last several weeks under the guise of the United States “war on terrorism.”
On November 30, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) reported that airstrikes were launched on al-Shabaab positions in Lebede killing nine people.
Although Washington routinely claims these bombing operations only target so-called “terrorists,” there is no way of verifying who is actually struck on the ground. Other damage, such as the deaths of civilians and the dislocation of people in small towns and rural areas, are never acknowledged by the military.
Official statements from AFRICOM indicate that there are approximately 500 soldiers stationed in Somalia. The actual numbers have increased since the ascendancy of the administration of President Donald Trump during 2017 as a part of his purported foreign policy aims of battling armed Islamist groups such as al-Shabaab.
Other AFRICOM reports suggest there have been 37 bombing operations inside this oil-rich Horn of Africa state over the course of 2018. Successive U.S. administrations have supported the federalized governance system which was installed under the tenure of former President George W. Bush, Jr., who founded AFRICOM in early 2008.
Just one week prior to the November 30 attacks, the U.S. announced several bombing missions in Harardere in Galmudug state where over 40 people were killed. The airstrikes between November 19 and 21 were said to have hit an al-Shabaab training camp along with a weapons cache….
However, after decades of military involvement and political machinations the situation remains unstable. The Somalis’ only hope for sustainable peace and development lies within the national unity of its people absent of the tutelage of the United States….