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Al-Shabab Terrorists Launch Attack on US Military Base in Africa

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The Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab attacked a base housing U.S. military personnel with multiple car bombs in Somalia on Monday.

Donald Yamamoto, U.S. ambassador to Somalia, confirmed in a statement Monday’s attack at Baledogle Airfield, about 60 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu.

Yamamoto praised the actions of the Somali security forces guarding the military base.

“The security forces stopped this ultimately failed attack due to their alertness and swift response, not allowing the attackers to breach the outer defensive perimeters of the base,” the ambassador said.

“We are thankful that there were no SNA causalities between the multiple attacks,” he added.

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Yamamoto said that the attack “demonstrates al-Shabaab violently opposes progress towards peace and prosperity in Somalia.”

CBS News reported al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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According to the news outlet, the U.S. military uses the Baledogle Airfield to conduct drone strikes against the extremist Islamic group.

U.S. Africa Command confirmed a strike about two weeks ago in support of Somali forces, who came under attack by al-Shabab militants.

AFRICOM has yet to comment on Monday’s attack.

Reuters reported that U.S. special forces also train Somali commandos at the base.

Local police told Reuters two vehicle-borne bombs detonated as part of the attack.

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“Two suicide car bombs … tried to attack Baledogle airport but they detonated outside the airport gate,” police Major Abdullahi Nur said.

The bomb detonations were reportedly followed by small arms fire in the area.

Al-Shabab claimed it breached the outer perimeter of the base, but Somali police denied this happened.

In addition to the strikes against Baledogle, a separate roadside bomb attack targeted an Italian military convoy operating as part of U.N. peacekeeping forces in the country.

A Reuters journalist reported seeing a “seriously damaged” armored vehicle with an Italian flag insignia on it.

Al-Shabab is seeking to overthrow the weak U.N.-backed Somali government and establish Islamic law over the country.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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