U.S. drone operations in Eastern Afghanistan, taking a look behind the scenes.

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Interesting segment by Vice News giving some visual insight into how U.S. drone operations against Taliban elements are conducted in Eastern Afghanistan.

“President Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy will see up to 4,000 additional troops deployed to fight the deadliest Taliban army to date in the now 16-year-old conflict. But very few of them will see ground combat. That’s because the war is being fought mainly by Afghan soldiers on the ground, supported by U.S. airpower in the form of drones or F-16s.

Vice News spent time with U.S. and Afghan forces as they try to beat back a Taliban resurgence that’s seen the group now control or contest more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the beginning of the war. We accompanied an Afghan-led counter-insurgency operation deep into Helmand province, where local forces fight day and night to push the Taliban back using heavy artillery and mine-clearance teams that dig out IEDs with their bare hands.

As top U.S. officials laud recent results on the battlefield, Afghan soldiers say the Taliban they’re fighting is stronger now than they’ve been in years.” – Vice News

U.S. conducts airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia – December 27, 2017

Source: BBC

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab in the early evening hours of December 27, 2017, approximately 25 kilometers west of Mogadischu, killing four fighters and destroying one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

During 2016 al-Shabaab has significantly expanded the areas under its control and has killed hundreds of African Union and Somali forces while overrunning bases in southern Somalia. Consequently, earlier in 2017, the Trump administration loosened restrictions on the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The airstrike, marks the approximately 31st airstrike in 2017, up from approximately 15 in 2016 and only approximately 3 in 2015.

“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorist groups. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region. Together with other international partners, the United States is committed to providing Somali, AMISOM and SNSF with support in the fight against violent extremist organizations. – U.S. AFRICOM (United States Africa Command)

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U.S. conducts airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia – December 24, 2017

Source: BBC

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab fighters on the morning of December 24, 2017, in southern Somalia, killing 13.

During 2016 al-Shabaab has significantly expanded the areas under its control and has killed hundreds of African Union and Somali forces while overrunning bases in southern Somalia.

Consequently, earlier in 2017, the Trump administration loosened restrictions on the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The airstrike, marks the approximately 30th airstrike in 2017, up from approximately 15 in 2016 and only approximately 3 in 2015.

“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorist groups. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region. Together with other international partners, the United States is committed to providing Somali, AMISOM and SNSF with support in the fight against violent extremist organizations.” – U.S. AFRICOM (United States Africa Command)

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U.S. conducts airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia – December 15, 2017

Source: BBC

U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab fighters in the early evening hours on Friday, December 15, 2017, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight fighters and destroying one vehicle.

Kismayo is a port city in southern Somalia, which was formerly a al-Shabaab stronghold, was recaptured by the Somali National Army in 2012. However, the area 30 miles northwest of the city, in which the airstrike occurred, remains a known staging area of al-Shabaab fighters.

During 2016 al-Shabaab has significantly expanded the areas under its control and has killed hundreds of African Union and Somali forces while overrunning bases in southern Somalia.

Consequently, earlier in 2017, the Trump administration loosened the restrictions on the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. Friday’s airstrike, marks the approximately 29th airstrike in 2017, up from approximately 15 in 2016 and only approximately 3 in 2015.

“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM (African Union Mission to Somalia) and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.” – U.S. AFRICOM (United States Africa Command)

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