USA says drone strike kills ‘Islamic State’ fighter in Somalia

US Africom Commander Gen Thomas Waldhauser

MOGADISHU – The U.S. military has conducted air strike against Islamic State group fighters in Somalia, leaving a fighter dead.

The U.S. Africa Command said the drone strike killed “one terrorist” in Dharsaan area near Qandala town in northeastern Somalia, where the group is a growing presence in a country. 

Monday’s strike was carried out in coordination with the federal government of Somalia, according to the U.S. Africa Command.

The U.S. military this year has carried out an estimated 30 drone strikes against al-Shabab and ISIS militants after the Trump administration approved expanded efforts against the groups.

Last month, the U.S. military claimed to have carried out another successful strike against ISIS in Buqa, a remote mountainous village roughly 37 miles north of Qandala town in the northern state of Puntland.


Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia