Friday April 5, 2019
By Ken Hanly
There has been a surge in the number of US air strikes in Somalia raising questions about the aims of the US mission there. There are also questions about the risk the strikes cause to civilians.
Many critics are also worried about increasing lack of transparency about US operations in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
Human right groups claim civilian casualties are increasing
While civilians deaths are increasing
they are increasingly obscured. A March 2019 report by Amnesty
International found that at least 14 civilians were killed in just five
of the more than 70 strikes carried out by the US in Somalia since 2017.
The report is based on interviews, witnesses, and medical
professionals, plus photographic evidence. The US military simply
disputes the report saying that none of the strikes resulted in any