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Somali report: Biden administration slows down its crackdown on Al-Shabab in Somalia amid escalating terrorist attacks

US President Joe Biden's administration has been slowing operations against Al-Shabab militants in Somalia for seven months, in a strategy that has drawn widespread criticism from local stakeholders, who believe that US Africa Command's efforts are still necessary to root out the militants, according to a Somali news report.


The Somali Garwa Online website reported that on January 19, a US plane bombed a car traveling near the city of Jamame, Somalia, killing a leader of the Islamist militant group Al-Shabab, the local al-Qaeda affiliate group, which was a thorn in the fragile country's back. They are fighting for stability, three decades later.


With that mission and another on the same day, the number of airstrikes carried out by former President Donald Trump in Somalia during his tenure rose to 203, according to military records. On January 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as president. Since then, US forces have not carried out any air strikes against Al-Shabab.


The site added that the US war against al-Shabab, which has been conducted behind a veil of secrecy to a large extent since 2007, remains in limbo as Biden assesses his national security priorities and wrestles with last-minute decisions by his predecessor.


For its part, the American Wall Street Journal quoted a US official as saying, "We are committed to Somalia, but how exactly that will be is still under discussion."