#AFRICOM may soon have the authority to conduct airstrikes in #Kenya. Significant news from @EricSchmittNYT and @charlie_savage. In #Somalia, al-Shabaab has grown more powerful as US airstrikes have spiked.

The article notes that Kenyan authorities have to assent before a strike. Strikes in #Somalia are also carried out "in partnership" with the government, but issues include politicized intelligence and power imbalances.
Here's some of my reporting from over the last 18 months on US strikes in Somalia : thenation.com/article/archiv…

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16 Dec 19
The US military says it has conducted at least 148 strikes in Somalia in the past three years, killing at least 900 - 1000 people. It alleges all but two were militant fighters associated with al Shabaab.
What I wanted to know was, even if that's the case (and my reporting along with @amnesty's have found that it is not) how are the strikes impacting civilians?
@amnesty I found that U.S. air strikes in Somalia have damaged farms, homes and livestock. Strikes have also created a climate of uncertainty and paranoia within the communities they hit, as civilians start suspecting each other of being targeted members of al-Shabab.
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4 Sep 19
The US military confirmed to me it was on an operation in the village of Shanta Baraako the night two civilians, including one mother died. Madina Hospital verified the death certificate. inthesetimes.com/features/us-mi…
I don't think I have ever seen a man break down until I overly bluntly started questioning Hassan about his sister's death during the US "advise and assist" raid his home. His face fell. He collapsed into sobs. His sister.
Thankful to @inthesetimesmag, the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting and most importantly the Khamis family for the support in reporting this piece; this will not be my last.
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8 Feb 19
Yesterday General Waldhauser said US #airstrikes won't stop al Shabab in #Somalia. I spent five weeks on the ground investigating the impact of the strikes. Here's what I found: thenation.com/article/somali…
Halimo Mohamed Abdi said the blast broke both her hips, left shrapnel embedded in her thigh, and caused terrible burns that cost her both breasts.Before she lost consciousness, she told me, she saw three boys—9, 10, and 16—die in the explosion about 30 miles outside #Mogadishu.
Abdi, like many Somali herders, doesn’t follow the Western calendar, so she’s unsure of the exact date of the strike. But she says it was about two weeks before Eid al-Fitr, which began on the evening of June 14 last year.
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