US military airstrikes killed 62 Al-Shabaab militants near Gandarshe on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16. The strikes reportedly targeted militants who were planning to attack a Somali military base. Additional US military airstrikes targeting Al-Shabaab militants are to be expected in Somalia over the near term.
Al-Shabaab continues to control large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks from the group are frequent across the country, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the Western- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.
The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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