U.S. Military Admits It Has Killed Civilians in Somalia After All

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Since 2017, the U.S. military has conducted over 100 air strikes in Somalia ostensibly targeting members of the militant group al-Shabaab, which controls much of the country’s rural territory and conducts attacks throughout the region. For years, the U.S. government has insisted that it has not killed any civilians in Somalia, but today, the military’s African Command (AFRICOM) finally admitted that, yeah, maybe they did kill a few civilians.

Here’s the top line of the press release, sent today (bolding mine):

During a commander-directed review of airstrikes conducted in Somalia since 2017, U.S. Africa Command learned an April 1, 2018 airstrike killed two civilians. The commander, U.S. Africa Command directed the review due to a recent increase in airstrikes and continued interest by Amnesty International and Congress on civilian casualties.