Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USSOM243

Incident date

August 5, 2019

Location

Salagle, Middle Juba, Somalia

Geolocation

1.80982, 42.290454 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Local reports – including by the former head of Somalia’s national intelligence service – said that a senior al Shabaab figure was killed in Salagle.

According to Mareeg, “al-Shabaab’s chief of security, Sheikh Jafar Ali Mohamud, and a few other members were killed” in an event at Salagle. Other actions were reported at nearby Sakow and Jilib.

In a Facebook post published on August 6th, Brigadier General Abdalla Abdallla, the retired former head of Somalia’s national intelligence service, also reported that his sources had flagged the death of Jafar.

Mareeg alleged that the action was conducted by either US or French aircraft.

In what may be a linked or separate event, on August 25th Garowe reported: “Somali army radio, citing unnamed military officials reported Mohamed Dubow and son of Al-Shabab’s Intelligence head, Omar Mahad Karate were killed in an operation in Sablale town in Lower Shabelle region.”

Asked whether it had been responsible for this event, in February 2020 a senior AFRICOM official told Airwars that this was not the case. However, this may not preclude actions by the CIA which conducts its own undeclared strikes in Somalia.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attackers
    United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the strike took place in the town Salagle, for which the coordinates are: 1.80982, 42.290454. Due to limited information and satellite information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attackers
    United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (4) [ collapse]