Tuesday May 23, 2023
An al-Shabab leader appears to have survived the latest United States
military airstrike in Somalia, according to a spokesperson for U.S.
"Following a comprehensive battle damage assessment, U.S.-AFRICOM
assesses that one al-Shabab leader was injured as a result of the
operation," Lt. Commander Timothy S. Pietrack, an AFRICOM spokesman,
told VOA on Tuesday.
Pietrack did not disclose the name of the al-Shabab leader injured in
the May 20 strike, which took place in Jilib, an al-Shabab stronghold
some 385 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu.
"The command's initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed," the statement said.
The strike came as Mahad Salad, director of Somalia's National
Intelligence and Security Agency, was in Washington and New York to meet
with U.S. officials from the Pentagon, CIA and FBI, according to a
source familiar with the visit who did not want to be identified as they
are not authorized to speak to the media.
The talks focused on security and counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries, the source added.