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US Drones Kill 36 Somalis; 59 Reported Killed by French Airstrike; 130 Wounded


October 25, 2011

US assassination drones from Kenya have killed at least 36 Somali people, Press TV reports. The attack took place in the Somali island of Kudhaa near the country's border with Kenya on Monday. The attack came shortly after France joined the Kenyan military operations against local al-Shabab fighters in Somalia. At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more wounded during French military attacks on Kudhaa on the same day. At least 130 people were also injured in the air attacks.

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US Assassination UAVs Kill 36 Somalis
PressTV

(October 24, 2011) -- US assassination drones have targeted an area controlled by the al-Shabab group and killed at least 36 Somali people, Press TV reports. The attack took place in the Somali island of Kudhaa near the country's border with Kenya on Monday, Somali army officer Colonel Aden Dheere told Press TV.

The attack came shortly after France joined the Kenyan military operations against local al-Shabab fighters in Somalia. At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more wounded during French military attacks on Kudhaa on the same day.

On Sunday, Kenyan army spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said the French navy also targeted the town of Kuday near the southern al-Shabab stronghold of Kismayo on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Kenyan troops have advanced about 100 kilometers (60 miles) into the country's southern areas and are bracing for another round of attacks on the strategic city of Afmadow, largely controlled by al-Shabab.

The main target of the joint Somali-Kenyan offensive is to flush out the fighters from the port city of Kismayo -- al-Shabab's economic headquarters, located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Afmadow.

The Kenyan military intervention followed Nairobi's accusation that al-Shabab had kidnapped four European women, including two Spanish humanitarian aid workers, in Kenya over the past weeks. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.



'US Drones Fly from Secret Kenya Bases'
PressTV

(October 12, 2011) -- A Somali government official, who spoke on the condition of unanimity, told Press TV that there are secret US bases in Kenya mainly used for flying American pilotless drone bombers. He also said that there are secret US jails in Kenya where hundreds of young people, captured in Somalia, are being held.

The US has increased the number of its attacks by unmanned surveillance aircraft in Somalia. Many civilians have died as a result. Somalia is the sixth country where the US military has engaged in unauthorized aerial bombing campaigns through the use of its remote-controlled aircraft.

The United States has also deployed its drones for aerial attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, though most of such attacks have largely resulted in civilian casualties.

Kenyan Airstrikes Kill 64 in Somalia
Press TV

(Oct 23, 2011) -- Kenyan airstrikes have claimed the lives of at least 64 Somali civilians, while leaving dozens of others injured, Press TV reports. The fatal airstrikes were carried out by Kenyan jet fighters near the southern town of Afmadow, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday. At least 130 people were also injured in the air attacks.

Kenyan troops have advanced about 100 kilometers (60 miles) into the southern areas and, having seized the key Somali town of Qooqani last Tuesday, are bracing for another round of attacks on the strategic city of Afmadow, largely controlled by al-Shabab.

The main target of the joint Somali-Kenyan offensive is also to flush out the militants from the port city of Kismayo -- Shabab's economic headquarters, located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) to the southeast of Afmadow.

The Kenyan military intervention followed Nairobi's accusation that al-Shabab had kidnapped four European women, including two Spanish humanitarian aid workers, in Kenya over the past weeks. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.


59 Somalis Killed in French Army Strikes
PressTV

(October 24, 2011) -- At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more wounded during French military attacks on the Somali island of Kudhaa near the country's border with Kenya, Press TV reports. French warplanes and warships joined Kenya against Somalia's al-Shabab group and bombarded the fighters' positions in the famine-hit country on Monday.

Hashi Mohamed, a Somali military officer, confirmed to Press TV's correspondent that the French army gave assistance to Kenyan troops in their military operation against al-Shabab in southern Somalia. “Fifty nine fighters were killed and 100 more wounded,” Mohamed said. On Sunday, Kenyan army spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said the French navy also targeted the town of Kuday near the southern al-Shabab stronghold of Kismayo on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Kenyan troops have advanced about 100 kilometers (60 miles) into the southern areas and, having seized the key Somali town of Qooqani last Tuesday, are bracing for another round of attacks on the strategic city of Afmadow, largely controlled by al-Shabab.

The main target of the joint Somali-Kenyan offensive is to flush out the fighters from the port city of Kismayo -- al-Shabab's economic headquarters, located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Afmadow.

The Kenyan military intervention followed Nairobi's accusation that al-Shabab had kidnapped four European women, including two Spanish humanitarian aid workers, in Kenya over the past weeks.

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