The destruction of telecom towers in Somalia, allegedly by Kenyan forces, will damage Somalia's economy and could destabilise the entire Horn of Africa.
Somalis are victims of domestic terrorism, and the international community is compounding their misery by undermining their livelihoods as part of their own so-called 'War on Terror'.
Militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the assault and said it had killed 16 Ethiopian soldiers, although the claim could not be independently verified.
US airstrikes in Somalia have picked up dramatically since President Donald Trump took office and approved expanded military operations in the Horn of Africa nation.
The air strike was conducted against militants after US and partner forces came under attack, the US Africa Command said in a statement.
The pre-dawn operation occurred in southern Somalia about 260 kilometres (160 miles) south of Mogadishu.
Clan supremacy, corruption, and external actors are just a few of the things preventing Somalia's emergence as a stable and functioning state.
The militant group claims to have killed 26 Somali soldiers in the siege on the base near the port city of Kismayo. These figures have not been confirmed by other sources.
UNICEF in February warned the drought in Somalia could lead to up to 270,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition this year.
According to the United Nations latest reports 1.7 million people need aid in Somaliland and Puntland.
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