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US airstrikes in Somalia are killing civilians, Amnesty International says | World news

There is credible evidence that US military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging that the Pentagon is not adequately investigating potential casualties.US Africa Command officials immediately disputed the allegations laid out in a report by Amnesty International, and insisted that the military has investigated 18 cases of possible civilian casualties since 2017 and found that none were credible.The seemingly contradictory information underscores the complexities of military operations against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab group in Somalia, involving airstrikes by several allied nations in hostile, remote locations that are difficult to access safely.The report came the same day that a Somali intelligence official and two local residents said a US drone strike on Monday killed civilians.The Somali official said the drone targeted a vehicle carrying suspected militants and apparently hit another vehicle that may have been carrying civilians. The official was not authorized to talk with the media and did so on condition of anonymity.Residents concurred with the official’s assessment. Read more Mohamed Siyad, an elder in Lanta Buro, a village near the farming town of Afgoye, Somalia, said four civilians including employees of a telecom company were killed.“They were known to us. They had nothing to do with al-Shabaab,” he said by phone.Another resident, Abdiaziz Haji, said that the drone destroyed the vehicle. “Bodies were burnt beyond recognition,” he said. “They were innocent civilians killed by Americans for no reason. They always get away with such horrible mistakes.”In a rare move, US Africa Command on Tuesday mentioned those possible casualties in a press release about the strike and said officials will look into the incident. But, more broadly, US defense officials said casualty allegations in Somalia are questionable because al-Shabaab militants make false claims or force local citizens to do the same.The pace of US airstrikes in Somalia has escalated during the Trump administration, from 47 in all of 2018 to 28 already this year. So far more than 230 militants have been killed in 2019, compared to 338 killed in all of 2018.In March 2017, the Donald Trump approved greater authorities for military operations against al-Shabaab, allowing increased strikes in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and Somali forces.Amnesty International said it had analyzed satellite imagery and other data, and interviewed...

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