The US killed one of the leaders of the Islamic State and 10 other terrorists during an operation in Somalia
The military operation took place on the orders of President Joe Biden, and took place in a mountainous area in the north of the country. Bilal al Sudani was involved in financing an ISIS affiliate network
Al Sudani had “a long history as a terrorist in Somalia”. Before joining the self-proclaimed Islamic State, he was targeted by the US State Department for his role in the al-Shabab jihadist group. (AP)
The US military killed Bilal al-Sudani, one of the leaders of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Somalia, and ten other people linked to it, said US government sources.
The operation took place on the orders of the president of United States, Joe Biden, and it took place “in a mountainous area in the north of the country”.
The extensive planning of this operation for several months and its precise execution, according to official sources, meant that there were no victims, neither among civilians nor among US forces.
Al Sudani had “a long history as a terrorist in Somalia”. Before joining the self-proclaimed Islamic State, he was targeted by the US State Department for his role in the jihadist group Al Shabab.
Help foreign fighters travel to Al Shabab's training camp and facilitated the funding of extremistsin Somalia: “He had a key operational and financial role, with specific skills that made him an important target for US anti-terrorism action”, the sources related to the operation added.
He is believed to have been involved in the financing of a network of Islamic State affiliates around the world and, in particular, in places where this organization terrorist has been expanding its reach in Africa.
The operation had place by order of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and it took place “in a mountainous area in the north of the country”.
“The United States and its allies are safer today as a result of this operation”, the sources stressed.
The US Army had prepared for the possibility of capturing him, but from the Biden Administration noted that “the aggressive hostile response” received resulted in his death.
“The success of the operation reflects the extraordinary and patient work of the Department of Defenseand from the different government agencies”, added the sources, who explained that in order to prepare, the US forces rehearsed their movements in places similar to the place where the attack finally took place.
From < b>Washington it was pointed out that, as they have been saying for years, both the Islamic State and the terrorist group Al Shabab take advantage of areas of the country without presence of the Government to operate with “too much freedom”.
“In this operation and others, President Biden has made it abundantly clear that we are determined to find and eliminate terrorist threats to America and Americans wherever they are hiding, no matter how remote.” they underlined.
The United States added that it informed the Somali Executive of what happened and other partners of its anti-terrorist action.
From Washington, He pointed out that, as they have been saying for years, both the Islamic State and the terrorist group Al Shabab take advantage of areas of the country without a government presence to operate with “too much freedom”.
This Monday, also in Somalia, US forces killed two members of Al Shabaab “in self-defense” in a remote area in the center of the country where the Somali army was carrying out a military operation against the jihadists. p>
The United States Military Command in Africa (Africom) announced Tuesday that this operation was carried out at the request of the federal government of Somalia and in support of the Somali National Army's fighting against Al Shabab.
The US has been involved in military operations against Al Shabab on Somali soil since at least 2007.
< p class="paragraph">Although former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) ordered the withdrawal of US soldiers from Somalia in 2020, the current Biden Administration announced again in May 2022 the reinforcement of the military presence there with the deployment of “less than 500″ troops.
(With information from EFE)