[Ed. – There have been reports for a number of years of Al-Shabaab terrorists trying to enter the U.S. covertly by transiting through Central America. After a recent Al-Shabaab attack on U.S. military and contract personnel in Kenya, the Somali terror group reportedly coordinated a disinformation theme with Iran that a senior American general officer had been killed. (He hadn’t.) The U.S. media gather hardly any information in Somalia; the military and State Department know far more about what’s going on there than the media do.]
Since the beginning of the year, AFRICOM has announced 39 airstrikes in Somalia. The command announced a total of 36 such attacks from 2009 to 2017, under Obama, peaking in 2016 with 19 declared airstrikes. Last year, under President Donald Trump, the U.S. conducted 63 air attacks in Somalia, the most ever in a single year.
“It’s our command’s responsibility to support our partners so this terrorist group can’t expand and strike the U.S. homeland as its leaders desire to do,” said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, AFRICOM’s deputy director of operations, after the April 3 strike on al-Shabab targets, which was followed by attacks on April 5, 6, 9, and 10.
[T]he total number of Defense Department personnel, “depending on training missions, operations and other security force assistance activities,” fluctuates between 650 and 800, according to AFRICOM spokesperson John Manley.