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Ilhan Omar questions Biden administration over US airstrikes in Somalia 

Ilhan Omar questions Biden administration over US airstrikes in Somalia 

Somali American Ilhan Omar is challenging the Biden administration’s justification for its Tuesday airstrike in Somalia, which the Pentagon claimed was targeted against suspected members of al-Shabab. The Pentagon has claimed the strike was targeted against suspected members of the al-Shabab militants fighting to topple the Somali government. "I have been deeply engaged on this question throughout my time in Congress, not only focused on the legal merits of individual strikes, but on how our militarized counter-terrorism approach to al-Shabaab fits into our overall strategy and policy towards Somalia," Omar wrote in a letter to the White House on Friday. The strike was the first in Somalia since Biden took office and came amid the White House’s stated plans, put forward by national security adviser Jake Sullivan in January, to limit drone operations while the administration reviews its counterterrorism policy. Omar, whose family fled war-torn Somalia to a Kenyan refugee camp and then came to the United States as a child, has become one of the youngest people ever elected to Congress. As a Muslim refugee and part of the left progressive flank, she's frequently drawn the ire of her conservative opponents. Meanwhile, US government has claimed the responsibility for a second airstrike against al-Shabaab fighters in central Somalia in a village near Galkayo town. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed that US forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab in the vicinity of Qeycad, some 300 miles (500 kilometres) north of the capital Mogadishu.  

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