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AFRICOM refutes reports of civilian deaths in Somalia operation | Stars & Stripes
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AFRICOM refutes reports of civilian deaths in Somalia operation | Stars & Stripes

An August operation by U.S. forces in Somalia that sparked allegations of civilian deaths at the time resulted only in casualties of “armed enemy combatants,” U.S. Africa Command said Wednesday.

Special Operations Command Africa conducted the assessment into its operation on Aug. 25 near Barire, Somalia and concluded there were no civilian casualties, AFRICOM said.

“Before conducting operations with partner forces, SOCAF conducts detailed planning and coordination to reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties and to ensure compliance with the Law of Armed Conflict,” AFRICOM said in a statement.

AFRICOM’s comments coincided with a report by The Daily Beast on Wednesday that said the operation resulted in 10 civilian deaths. The report, which included comments from unnamed local sources in Somalia, said U.S. troops using faulty intelligence fired on unarmed civilians.

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