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News | March 20, 2019

Africa Command Disputes Civilian Casualty Allegations

By Jim Garamone AFRCOM

U.S. Africa Command disputes an Amnesty International report alleging that the command is responsible for civilian casualties in Somalia.

The human rights groups says five Africa Command strikes between June 2017 and the end of 2018 killed civilians. The command, which was allowed input into the report, says the strikes were directed against al-Shabab terrorists and did not hit any civilian targets.

U.S. Africa Command officials are working through the Somali government to strike the terrorists. Officials estimate Africom strikes have killed 800 terrorists in 110 airstrikes since June 2017.