America’s low-intensity war against terrorists in Somalia continues to rack up small victories, mostly through drone strikes and occasional airstrikes from manned aircraft. Yesterday, U.S. Africa Command announced a single strike two days ago took out a vehicle in which a high-ranking ISIS-Somalia official was riding.
Abdulhakim Dhuqub was second in command of ISIS-Somalia, “responsible for the daily operations of the extremist group, attack planning, and resource procurement,” according to the AFRICOM release.
“We continue to work with our Somali partners to keep pressure on the al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia terror networks,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command director of operations. “When it supports the strategy, we use precision airstrikes to target those who plan and carry out the violent extremist activities that put Somalis at risk.”