US covert actions in Somalia

Press TV’s Somalia claims 2011-12

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A US Reaper drone favoured by the CIA (General Atomics/ Flikr)

Background
Although US surveillance drones have been operating over Somalia for at least five years, the first recorded US drone strike occurred on June 23 2011. Given the ongoing chaos in parts of the country – and the absence of a functioning civic society in much of Somalia – it can often prove difficult to substantiate reports of any attacks.

However many credible news agencies operate within Somalia and nearby Kenya. Somali government officials, along with NGOs and others, have also proved a valuable resource in confirming or refuting alleged attacks. The US military on occasion informally confirms that it has carried out operations.

Thirteen days after the first deadly US strike, Iranian TV station Press TV began reporting alleged US drone strikes on militants and civilians. It also began claiming that drones were being shot down across Somalia. In almost all of the more than 80 cases listed below, Press TV is the sole source of claims of an attack or incident. Occasionally a militant source will also carry reports, such as hiiraan.com, linked to the Islamist group al-Shabab.

On December 2, 2011, the Bureau’s investigation into Press TV’s claims of US drone attacks in Somalia was published. Following the Bureau’s revelations, Press TV’s reporting of alleged strikes ceased for over a month, until January 6 2012 when Press TV alleged that ‘at least 30 people were killed’ by a US drone strike in southern Somalia. Since then reports have been occasional.

The Bureau will continue to log Press TV’s ongoing claims of alleged US drone strikes in Somalia, alongside data on corroborated US covert forces operations within the country.

Read the Bureau’s full investigation of Press TV claims that US drone strikes have killed more than 1,300 people


July – September 2011

PTV001/ PTV002
6 July 2011
Reported killed: 24+ al-Shabab fighters

Double drone strike reported in Somalia on al-Shahbab camps:
‘Dozens of al-Shabab fighter have reportedly been killed after the US military used remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles to target their bases in southern Somalia.  The US drone attacks were carried out late on Wednesday in Dhoobley and Afmadow towns located near Kismayo, capital of the lower Juba region and a port city located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said Somalia’s Deputy Defense Minister Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig, quoted in a report by a Press TV correspondent. ‘

Location: Dhoobley and Afmadow, Juba
Reference: Press TV, Hiiraan.com

PTV003
21 August 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 2 drones

‘Two suspected United States-operated aerial vehicles have reportedly gone down in the south of Somalia near the capital, Mogadishu. The drones crashed respectively in the Merka town and near the Kismayo port town — both located to the south of the capital, a Press TV correspondent reported.’

Location: Merka and Kismayo
Reference: Press TV, Ansari

PTV004
24 August 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 2 drones

‘Two unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US military have reportedly crashed in Somalia’s drought-stricken capital of Mogadishu. The first drone went down in close proximity to Mogadishu’s Aden-Adde International Airport on Wednesday evening. The remains of the aircraft were retrieved by Somali government and African Union forces, a Press TV correspondent reported. Later in the day, another American remote-controlled drone crashed onto the Florenza Street, which connects the Presidential Palace, or Villa Somalia, with district of Hararyale.’

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV, Tradenewswire

Somali child soldiers- Flickr/kindersoldatensomaliadudumagale

 

PTV005
4 September 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘Somali fighters say they have shot down a suspected United States unmanned aerial vehicle in the south of Somalia near the capital, Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab fighters say the drone aircraft crashed into the sea after it was hit near the lower Shabelle region in Merka town, located south of Mogadishu.’

Location: Merka near Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV006
5 September 2011
Reported killed: 35 al-Shahbab fighters
‘US drone attacks have killed dozens of al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia over the past 24 hours, Press TV reports.‘ ‘Over the past few weeks, numerous US remote-controlled drones have crashed in Somalia.’

Location: Southern Somalia
Reference: Press TV, Press TV

PTV007
15 September 2011
Reported killed: 9 civilians
Reported injured: 30
‘US drones kill 9 in Somalia. Senior Al-Shabaab leaders said that the drone attacks were carried out early on Thursday in the outskirts of Kismayu town, killing nine women and children and wounding 30 others.’

Location: Kismayu
Reference: Press TV, then picked up by AntiWar.com, al Shahid, The Nation (Pakistan)

PTV008
16 September 2011
Reported killed: 17 al-Shahbab fighters
At least three missiles have reportedly been fired by US drones near the Kenya-Somalia border, raising fears of possible casualties, Press TV reports. The US drones, which struck the port city of Kismayu, caused many of the residents of the towns of Afmadow and Dhobley to flee the district. On Friday, three high-ranking members and 14 fighters of the al-Shabab militant group were killed when the US military used remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack on Dhoobley town, which is located near Kismayo, the capital of the lower Juba region and a port city about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.’

Location: Dhoobley near Kismayo
Reference: Press TV, Press TV

Displaced family Mogadishu – Flickr/Cassandra Nelson

 

 

 

PTV009
23 September 2011
Reported killed: 11 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 27
‘US drone kills 11 in South Somalia: A US drone has fired missiles in southern districts of Somalia killing at least eleven people and injuring dozens of others, Press TV reported. The attack took place early Friday morning near Taabto and Qooqani districts and wounded at least 27 people.’

Location: Taabto and Qooqani
References: Press TV, Press TV, Press TV, picked up by Prison Planet

PTV010
24 September 2011
Reported killed: 5 civilians
Reported injured: 22 civilians
At least five civilians have been killed and more than 22 others injured after a U.S. drone fired missiles on areas in southern Somalia. According to Press TV, the deadly attack took place on Saturday morning near the town of Dhobley. Somali army spokesman Mohamed Faraah Dirie said the drone strikes are part of operations to target al-Shabab fighters. The spokesman added that dozens of helicopters are carrying out operations against the group in various parts of southern Somalia.

Location: Dhobley
References: Press TV, Press TV

 

PTV011
26 September 2011
Reported injured: 24+ civilians

‘US drone raids injure dozens in Somalia: The attacks took place on Monday when the American drones targeted six areas in Somalia’s south. Hospitals in Somalia’s Kismayo region have been packed with wounded civilians. The precise number of casualties is yet to be announced.’

Location: Kismayo
References: Press TV, picked up by Iran English Radio

PTV012
28 September 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘US drone crashes in south Somalia: A Somali government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the American remote-controlled drone went down in close proximity to Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Wednesday morning.’

Location: Dhoobley
References: Press TV, Hiiraan.com

PTV013
29 September 2011
Reported killed: 4  people, status unknown
Reported injured: 12 people, status unknown
‘US drone attacks kill 4 in Somalia: Two US drone airstrikes have killed at least 4 people and wounded 12 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. Somali officials have confirmed US aerial attacks Thursday morning in an area between Kismayu and Dhoobley cities.’

Location: Kismayu
Reference: Press TV

PTV014
30 September 2011
Reported killed: 21 fighters
‘US drone strike kills 21 in Somalia:  Another unauthorized US drone strike has left at least 21 people dead in southern Somalia, while injuring scores of others ,Press TV reports.
On Friday, a Somali government official confirmed that the US drone had killed at least 21 fighters and injured many more late Thursday night, forcing many to flee the Qooqani and Taabto districts.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

 


October 2011

PTV015
2 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported injured: ‘several civilians’
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘US drone crashes in Somalia: Another unmanned US drone has crashed in the southern region of Somalia as violence continues to intensify in the war-torn country, Press TV reports. According to Somali government officials, the US drone crashed in the south Somalia town of Kismayo, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday. Witnesses say a powerful explosion was heard in the region, injuring several civilians.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV016
4 October 2011
Reported injured: 20 civilians
‘US drone attack injures 20 in Somalia: A US drone strike has wounded at least 20 civilians, including a number of women in southern Somalia, Press TVreports. The aerial attack took place Tuesday night near the town of Kismayu. Eight women were among the wounded.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV017
5 Oct 2011 (Wednesday)
Reported killed: 6 civilians
Reported injured: ‘many civilians’
‘US drone strike kills six in Somalia:  At least six people have been killed after the US military used a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TVreported. The US drone attack left six civilians dead and many more injured in the Dhoobley town located near Kismayo, the capital of the lower Juba region and a port city located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday. Hassan Ali, a Somali military official, told Press TV that the strike sought to target an al-Shabab base in the area. However, the casualties were all civilians.

Location: Dhoobley
References: Press TV, picked up by Prison Planet

PTV018
6 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone
‘US drone crashes in south Somalia: An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US military has reportedly crashed in the Bay region of southern Somalia, Press TV reported. The American remote-controlled drone went down in Bardalle town of the southern Somalia region, which is located some 250 kilometers (155 miles) northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Thursday. Maad Enow Adan, an elderly man, told Press TV that he heard a massive explosion after the aircraft went down into a nearby area and caught fire. He added that there was almost nothing left of the drone that crashed.

Location: Bardalle
Reference: Press TV

PTV019
7 October 2011
Reported killed: 29 civilians
Reported injured: 28 civilians
‘US drone strike kills 29 in Somalia: A US drone strike has left 29 Somali civilians dead as violence continues to intensify in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, Press TV reports. The Drone attack also left more than 28 injured near the southern town of Qooqani, 100 kilometers from the town of Afmadow, near the port city of Kismayo. Shortly after the attack, Somali troops entered the town. A heavy exchange of fire broke out between al-Shabab fighters and Somalia troops.

Location: Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV020
8 October 2011
Reported killed: 12-16 civilians
Reported injured: 23-50 civilians
‘MOGADISHU: at least twelve people have been killed and several others injured in a US drone attack in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. On Saturday, the US military used a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle in an attack on Afmadow city that left twelve civilians dead and 23 more injured.’ (Online News)
‘A US drone strike has killed at least 16 civilians and injured 50 others in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. The drone attack took place near the city of Afmadow, located in the middle of Somalia’s Juba region. Drone strikes in Somalia make the lawless state the sixth country where the US military has used remote-controlled aircraft to conduct such deadly strikes.’ (Press TV)

Location: Afmadow
References: Press TV picked up by Online News

PTV021
9 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 3 drones

‘Three unmanned US drones have crashed in the southern region of Somalia as violence continues to intensify in the war-torn country, Press TV reports. The US drones crashed near the southern town of Dhobley and the port city of Kismayo.
Somali government officials say they are investigating the exact location of the ruins of the drones. Further details have not yet been released.

Location: Dhobley
Reference: Press TV

PTV022
11 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 2 drones

Two unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US military have crashed in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. A Somali government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the American remote-controlled drones went down in close proximity to Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, late on Tuesday. He added that the remains of the aircraft were retrieved by Somali government forces.

Location: Dhobley
References: Press TV (via Salem News)

PTV023
14 October 2011 (Friday)
Reported killed: 78 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 64 people, status unknown

‘An attack by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed at least 78 people and injured 64 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The Friday attack took place near Qooqani town located in southern Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported.’

Location: Qooqani
References: Press TV, Iranian English Radio

PTV024
14 October 2011
Reported killed: 11 civilians
Reported injured: 34 civilians

In a different incident on Friday, another US drone attack killed 11 civilians and wounded 34 more in Hoosingow district in the south of the country.

Location: Hoosingow
References: Press TV, Iranian English Radio

PTV025
15 October 2011
Reported killed: 15 civilians
Reported injured: 43 civilians
A US drone strike has killed at least 15 civilians and injured dozens of others in the southern region of war-torn Somalia, Press TV reports. The unmanned plane has left at least 15 people dead, while injuring at least 43 in the southern town of Bilis Qooqani near Afmadow.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV026
17 October 2011
Reported killed: 27 civilians
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens of civilians’

‘A US drone attack has claimed the lives of 27 civilians, including children, in the famine-stricken Somalia, Press TV reports. Dozens of civilians were also injured after an American strike on the port town of Kismayo, about 500 kilometers south of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, witnesses told Press TV.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV027
17 October 2011
Reported killed: 5 government soldiers
Reported injured: 13 government soldiers
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘A US unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed near a military facility in southern Somalia, killing at least five government soldiers, Press TV reports. Somali military officials said the drone went down on Monday near a military base on the outskirts of Dhobley town in Juba province, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.
Over 13 soldiers were injured in the incident, the military officials said.
Location: Dhobley
Reference: Press TV

AMISOM HQ in Mogadishu – AU/UN IST

PTV028
20 October 2011
Reported killed: 21 civilians
Reported injured: 67 civilians

‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least 21 civilians and injured several others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The US drone carried out attacks Sunday morning near Kismayo city in southern Somalia, leaving 21 people dead and 67 others wounded.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV029
22 October 2011
Reported killed: 49 people
Reported injured: 68 people

‘Earlier in the day, 49 people were killed and 68 others were injured after a US drone fired several missiles that landed on the outskirts of Bilis Qooqaani town.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV030
22 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 2 drones
Two unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US military have crashed in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. Somali military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled drones went down in close proximity to Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, late on Saturday. He added that he heard massive explosions after the aircraft crashed and caught fire.

Location: Qooqwani
Reference: Press TV

PTV031
22 October 2011
Reported killed: 11 civilians
Reported injured: 20 civilians

At least 11 civilians have been killed and 20 others were injured in a recent attack by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The Saturday attack took place near Hoosingow district in the south of the country, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Location: Hoosingow
Reference: Press TV

PTV032
23 October 2011
Reported killed: 9 civilians
Reported injured: 14 civilians

An airstrike by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed at least 9 civilians and wounded several others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The US drone carried out attacks Sunday morning near the Bilis Qooqani districts in southern Somalia, leaving nine people dead and 14 others wounded.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV033
24 October 2011
Reported killed: 36 people, status unknown

‘US assassination drones have targeted an area controlled by the al-Shabab group and killed at least 36 Somali people, Press TV reports. The attack took place in the Somali island of Kudhaa near the country’s border with Kenya on Monday, Somali army officer Colonel Aden Dheere told Press TV. At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more wounded during French military attacks on Kudhaa on the same day.’

Location: Kudhaa
Reference: Press TV

PTV034
25 October 2011
Reported killed: 29 civilians
Reported injured: 89 civilians 

‘At least 29 civilians have been killed and 89 others were injured in a fresh attack by US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The Tuesday attack took place on Afmadow town in southern Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Location: Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV035
26 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 15 government soldiers
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US military has crashed in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Colonel Aden Dheere, a Somali military official, told Press TV that the remote-controlled drone went down on the outskirts of Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Wednesday morning. He added that at least 15 Somali government soldiers were injured after the aircraft crashed and caught fire. The wounded Somali troops, four of suffering from serious injuries, were later taken to a medical center inside Kenya.

Location: Dhoobley
Reference: Press TV

PTV036
27 October 2011
Reported killed: 13 people, status unknown
Reported injured: ‘several people’ status unknown

On Thursday, 13 people were killed and several others were injured when the US military launched an attack using a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle on the outskirts of Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV037
27 October 2011
Reported killed: 25 people, status unknown
‘The US also launched drone strikes on the outskirts of Afmadow city, situated in the middle of the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu, on Thursday. At least 25 people were killed in the aerial attack.’

Location: Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV038
29 October 2011
Reported killed: 16 civilians

Reported injured: 19 civilians
‘At least 16 civilians have been killed after a US assassination drone launched an attack on southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV has reported. The unmanned aerial vehicle fired several missiles at Kulbiyow village, which is situated in the Lower Juba region, on Saturday morning. The fatalities were mostly women and children. The attack also injured 19 others.

Location: Kulbiyow
Reference: Press TV

Al Shabab fighters -Flickr/Pan-African News Wire File Photos

PTV039
30 October 2011
Reported killed: 21 civilians
Reported injured: 67 civilians

‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least 21 civilians and injured several others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The US drone carried out attacks Sunday morning near Kismayo city in southern Somalia, leaving 21 people dead and 67 others wounded.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV040
30 October 2011
Reported killed: 28 civilians
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens of civilians’

‘Another attack by a US assassination drone has claimed the lives of at least 28 civilians, while injuring dozens of others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The incident took place in the town of Gilib, 350 kilometers south of Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday.

Location: Balet Weyne
Reference: Press TV

PTV041
30 October 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘Meanwhile, other US drones also crashed near the Balet Weyne Town in Hiiraan. Further details have not been released yet.’

Location: Balet Weyne
Reference: Press TV

PTV042
31 October 2011
Reported killed: 19 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 46 people, status unknown

‘An American assassination drone has targeted an area in southeastern Somalia, claiming the lives of 19 people, Press TV reports. Witnesses said on Monday that more than 46 others were wounded in the attack carried out between the towns of Kismayo and Jilib.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV


November 2011


PTV043
1 November 2011
Reported killed: 8 people, status unknown
Reported injured: ‘several’ people, status unknown

‘At least eight people have been killed and several others have been wounded in a US assassination drone attack in Somalia, Press TV reports. Witnesses said the strike happened in Mussa Haji district of south Kismayo town on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent said. The United States is using a secret airfield in Ethiopia’s southern city of Arba Minch to carry out assassination drone attacks in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV044
2 November 2011
Reported killed: 20 civilians
Reported injured: 60 civilians
A US drone attack has killed 20 civilians and injured 60 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The US assassination drone carried out the attacks on Wednesday morning on the outskirts of Kismayo city, leaving 20 people dead and 60 others, mostly women and children, injured.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV045
2 November 2011
Reported killed: 24+ al-Shahbab fighters
Somali security sources have also told Press TV that another drone attack in Kismayo killed dozens of al-Shabab fighters.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV046
3 November 2011
Reported killed: 38 civilians
Reported injured: 74 civilians
At least 38 Somali civilians have been killed in a US assassination drone attack near the country’s border with Ethiopia, Press TV reports. Two US terror drones carried out airstrikes in Qeydar and Marodile towns near Somalia-Ethiopia borders on Wednesday, killing 38 people and injuring 74 others.’

Location: Qeydar
Reference: Press TV

PTV047
3 November 2011
Reported killed: 28 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens’, status unknown
‘The aerial attack followed a US assassination strike against Jamame town in Somalia’s southern Jubbada Hoose region earlier on Thursday. At least 28 people were killed and dozens more were wounded.’

Location: Jamame
Reference: Press TV

PTV048
3 November 2011
Reported killed: 41 people, status unknown

‘At least 41 people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack near the country’s border with Kenya, Press TV reported. The US remote-controlled drones launched an aerial attack on the outskirts of Hoomboy town, which is situated in Somalia’s southern region of the Middle Juba.’

Location: Hoomboy
Reference: Press TV

PTV049
6 November 2011
Reported killed: 45 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens’, status unknown
‘The aerial attack followed a drone strike on Bardera city in the southern Gedo region of Somalia. At least 45 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the attack.’

Location: Bardera
Reference: Press TV

PTV050
6 November 2011
Reported killed: 24 people status unknown

‘At least 99 people have been killed in a single day in the airstrikes carried out by the US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reported. On Saturday, 24 people were killed and several others were injured when the US military launched a terror drone attack on the town of Kuda along the coast of Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia’s Indian Ocean coast located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Location: Kuda
Reference: Press TV

PTV051
6 November 2011
Reported killed: 30 people, status unknown
‘Meanwhile, at least 30 people were killed in a drone attack on Burdhubo town in Somalia’s southern region of Gedo on Saturday.’

Location: Burdhubo
Reference: Press TV

PTV052
6 November 2011
Reported killed: 29 civilians

‘US assassination drone attacks and Kenya airstrikes have claimed the lives of at least 64 people in southern Somalia, as violence continues to intensify in the war-torn African nation, Press TV reports. A US drone strike killed at least 29 civilians near the town of Hoosingow in Jubbada Hoose district, while Kenya jet fighters bombed an area near the town of Afmadow, killing at least 35 al-Shabab fighters.’

Location: Hoosingow
Reference: Press TV

Al Shabaab soldiers – Flickr/undergroundchurch-somalia

PTV053
7 November 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone

A US spy drone has reportedly crashed in the south of Somalia near the Horn of African country’s border with Kenya, Press TV reports. The aircraft went down in the port city of Kismayo, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday, citing a Somali military officer. The remotely-operated plane was reportedly on a mission to help the Kenyan troops deployed on the Somali soil.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV054
9 November 2011
Reported killed: 6 civilians
Reported injured: 70 civilians
‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least six civilians and injured several others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The terror drone raid was carried out Wednesday morning near Kismayo in southern Somalia, leaving six people dead and 70 women and girls that were fleeing the area toward Kismayo wounded.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV055
10 November 2011
Reported killed: 38 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 66 people, status unknown 

‘At least 38 people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. The US remote-controlled drones launched aerial attacks on Tabataa town, which is located in the southern Lower Juba region of Somalia. At least 38 people were killed and over 66 others were wounded in the terror strikes.

Location: Tabataa
Reference: Press TV

PTV056
11 November 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 2 drones

Two US military assassination drones have crashed separately in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. One of the American remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles went down on the outskirts of Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, on Thursday.

Location: Dhobley
Reference: Press TV

PTV057
11 November 2011
Reported killed: 29 people, staus unknown
Reported injured: 43 people, status unknown

‘At least 29 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reports. Witnesses told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Afmadow city, which is situated in the middle of the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu, on Friday morning. They added that 43 more people were also injured in the terror strikes.’

Location: Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV058
11 November 2011
Reported killed: 79 people, status unknown
Reported injured: ‘several’ people, status unknown
Seventy-nine more people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in southern Somalia, bringing the death toll to 146 over the past two days, Press TVreported. The US military launched terror drone attacks on Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Friday. At least 79 people were killed and several others were injured in the strikes.

Location: Qooqaani
Reference: Press TV 

PTV059
12 November 2011
Reported killed: 36 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 24+, ‘dozens’, status unknown

‘At least 36 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Haawina village, which is located in the Lower Juba region of southern Somalia, on Saturday evening. Dozens of people were also injured in the attacks, the tribal elders added.’

Location: Haawina
Reference: Press TV

PTV060
15 November 2011 
Reported killed: 17 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 67 people, status unknown
‘A US assassination drone strike has killed at least 17 people and wounded nearly 67 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The attack occurred in a civilian region near the town of Dhobley in southern Somalia on Tuesday.’

Location: Dhobley
Reference: Press TV

PTV061
16 November 2011
Reported killed: 35 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens’, status unknown
‘At least 35 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. A Somali military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles struck the outskirts of Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia’s Indian Ocean coast located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Wednesday morning. He added that dozens of people were also injured in the attacks.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV062
17 November 2011
Reported killed: 13 people, status unknown
At least 13 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Buzar village, which is located close to El Wak city in Somalia’s southwestern region of Gedo, on Thursday. (NB wording identical to PTV059 – only location changed)

Location: Buzar
Reference: Press TV 

PTV063
17 November 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported injured: 15 people, status unknown

Reported downded: 1 drone
‘A terror drone operated by the US military has crashed in central Somalia near the border with Ethiopia, Press TV reported. The remote-controlled aerial vehicle went down on the outskirts of Feer town, which is located in Somalia’s central region of Middle Shabelle, on Thursday. A Somali military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that 15 people were injured in the incident.’

Location: Feer
Reference: Press TV

PTV064
18 November 2011
Reported killed: 42 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 2+ ‘several’
‘At least 42 people have been killed when US assassination drones launched two separate aerial attacks in southern and central Somalia, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles on the outskirts of Afmadow city, which is situated in the middle of the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu, on Friday. They said that 15 people were killed and several others wounded in the strikes. The aerial attacks came as US assassination drones had struck Balanbale district in Somalia’s central region of Galguduud earlier in the day.

Location: Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV065
19 November 2011
Reported killed: 18 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 20+ ‘tens of people’, status unknown
The incident follows an attack last night, which also left at least 18 others dead and tens of others wounded between Kismayo and Afmadow.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV066
20 November 2011
Reported killed: 25 civilians

‘A US assassination drone has claimed the lives of at least 25 civilians in war-torn Somalia’s south, Press TV reports. The attack took place near Bardera city in the southern Gedo region of the African nation, leaving many others injured.’

Location: Bardera
Reference: Press TV

PTV067
21 November 2011
Reported killed: 0
Reported downed: 1 drone

‘An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US military has crashed in southern Somalia near the Indian Ocean, Press TV reported. An American remote-controlled reconnaissance drone went down on the outskirts of Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia’s Indian Ocean coast located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Monday. Local residents said that they heard a massive explosion after the aircraft crashed and caught fire. They added that that the remains of the spy drone were collected by al-Shabab fighters.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV068
23 November 2011
Reported killed: 7 civilians
Reported injured: 2+ ‘several’ civilians

‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least seven civilians and injured several others in Somalia, Press TV reports.The US drone carried out the assassination attacks Wednesday morning in Hiiraan region near Kalaberka of central Somalia. The US has expanded the number of its aerial assassination attacks by unmanned remote-controlled aircraft in Somalia. Consequently, many civilians have fallen victim to the non-UN-sanctioned assaults.’

Location: Kalaberka
Reference: Press TV 

PTV069
23 November 2011
Reported killed: 16 al-Shabab fighters
At least 16 people have been killed and dozens of others were injured after Kenyan fighter jets and US assassination drones carried out several airstrikes on al-Shabab positions and bases in southern Somalia, Press TV reported. A Somali military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Kenyan air force jets and US terror drones struck an al-Shabab training camps in Somalia’s southwestern district of Badade on Wednesday. He added that 16 people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the aerial strikes.’

Location: Badade
Reference: Press TV

PTV070
25 November 2011
Reported killed: 14 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 37 people, status unknown
At least 14 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Thursday evening. They added that 37 people were also injured in the strikes.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV071
25 November 2011
Reported killed: 21 people, status unknown

‘At least 21 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Friday morning. They added that 21 people were killed and scores of others injured in the drone attacks. The aerial attacks followed US terror drone strikes against the same area on Thursday evening.’

Location: Qooqani
Reference: Press TV

PTV072
27 November 2011
Reported killed: 39 people, status unknown
Reported injured: 24+ ‘dozens injured’ status unknown

‘At least 39 people have been killed after US assassination drones launch aerial attacks on southern Somalia near the Indian Ocean coast, Press TV has reported. Dozens of others were also injured after the remotely-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles, Somali tribal elders told Press TV on Saturday evening. The incident took place on the outskirts of Kismayo — a strategically important port city on the Somali coast located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the country’s capital Mogadishu.’

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV 

PTV073
28 November 2011

Reported killed: 18 al-Shabab fighters
‘A US assassination drone has killed at least 18 al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, injuring dozens more, Press TV reports. According to a Transitional Federal Government (TFG) officer, the incident occurred in an al-Shabab training camp in the town of Badade.’

Location: Badade
Reference: Press TV

PTV074
29 November 2011
Reported killed: 9 civilians
Reported injured: 28 civilians

‘A US assassination drone attack has killed at least 9 civilians and left 28 others wounded in south Somalia, Press TV reports. According to witnesses, the terror attack took place near the southern Somali town of Kulbiyow on Tuesday.’

Location: Kulbiyow
Reference: Press TV

 


December 2011 

PTV075
1 December 2011
Reported killed: 11 ‘people’
Reported injured: 50+ people
‘At least 11 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya’, Press TV reports. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Thursday morning. They added that over 50 people were also injured in the strikes.

Location: Qooqaani
Reference: Press TV

 PTV076
2 December 2011
Reported killed: 24 people
Reported injured:
unknown
‘At least 24 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia, near the border with Kenya’, Press TV reports.

Location: southern Somalia
Reference: Press TV

PTV077
6 January 2012
Reported killed: 30 people
Reported injured: unknown
‘At least 30 people have been killed after a US assassination drone launched an aerial attack on southern Somalia near the Indian Ocean coast as Kenyan fighter aircraft pounded another location in the south’, Press TV reports.

Location: Kuda, southern Somalia
Reference: Press TV

PTV078
February 4 2012
The station said that a US drone had crashed in a refugee camp in the city, and that Amisom troops had taken the wreckage away. AP also reported a drone crash in the camp.

Location: Mogadishu
References: Press TV, AP

PTV079
February 28 2012
Reported killed: ‘scores’
The station claimed that an attack on ‘the outskirts of Mogadishu’ killed ‘scores of people, with other attacks in the area. It also claimed that a drone crashed in the city the following day.

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV080
March 14 2012
Reported killed: 30
Reported injured: 12
The agency reported a US drone strike on al-Shabaab positions in Dayniile, Mogadishu.

Sheik Ibrahim Jaabar, a senior al-Shabab official, confirmed the attack, saying the aerial strike caused major damage to the group’s positions.

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV081
March 31 2012
Reported killed: 18
Reported injured: 12
Press TV claimed that 18 people were killed and a dozen injured in a strike on Mogadishu. ”The causalities [sic] come after an unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab positions in the Daynile District in west Mogadishu on Saturday. Hussein Mohamed Uraag, a Somali military official, confirmed the attack, saying the aerial strike happened early in the morning. ‘

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV082
April 14 2012
Reported killed: 35
Reported injured: ‘dozens’
Press TV claimed that a drone strike took place between Mogadishu and Afgoye.

Captain Mohamed Haruun, a military official from the Halane military base, confirmed the attack, saying two US assassination drones were sent from the base late at night. Haruun added that dozens of Somali troops were later deployed to seize the control of the damaged bases to from al-Shabab fighters.

Location: Between Mogadishu and Afgoye
Reference: Press TV

PTV083
May 11 2012
Reported killed: 38
Reported injured: ‘dozens’

Press TV reported claims of al Shabaab fighters that a drone strike killed 38. The strike hit the southwestern district of Badade according to a Press TV correspondent.

Location: Badade
Reference: Press TV

PTV084
June 16 2012
Reported killed: 9-35
Reported injured: ‘dozens’

US drones targeted two al Shabaab bases near Garbaherey in the southwestern province of Gedo reported Press TV, killing up to 35.

Location: Garbaherey
Reference: Press TV

PTV085
June 22 2012
Reported killed: 39

At least 39 people were killed in two US drone strikes reported Press TV. The station said the strikes targeted al Shabab’s Harweyne training base in Elasha Biyaha, ‘the group’s stronghold on the outskirt of the capital, Mogadishu.’

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV, Pakobserver, Press TV, Pakobserver

PTV086
June 27 2012
Reported killed: 29
Reported injured: ‘dozens’
Press TV reported a further 29 people killed in drone strikes on three al Shabaab bases in eastern Somalia. ‘Dozens’ were injured in the strikes on the outskirts of the town of Balad, the day after African Union and Somali troops captured the town.

Location: Balad
Reference: Press TV, Pakobserver, Somaliland Press

PTV087
June 28 2012
Reported killed: 46
Reported injured: ‘Several’
US drones and AC-130 gunships killed 46 people in Afgoye and Elasha Biyaha Press TV reported. According to the station, the US launched ‘heavy airstrikes’ on al Shabaab positions.

Location: Afgoye and Elasha Biyaha
Reference: Press TV

PTV088
July 11 2012
Reported killed: 6
Reported injured: ‘Dozens’
An unspecified number of drone strikes killed at least six civilians according to Press TV. A ‘senior al Shabab official Sheikh Ibrahim’ told the station the attacks came 15km from Kuda and near Kismayo.

Location: Kuda, Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV089
July 29 2012
Reported killed: 18
Reported injured: 117
Press TV claimed that a Somali military official named as Sahal Mohamed Gedi had confirmed a strike, ‘adding that the aerial strikes took place in Luglow on the outskirts of North Kismayo.’

Location: Luglow, Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV090
August 1 2012
Reported killed: 25
Reported injured: 40
A US drone killed 25 people in eastern Somalia according to Press TV. No source was given for the report of the strike that injured 40 more people and destroyed two al Shabaab bases.

Location: Garas Balley
Reference: Press TV

PTV091
August 2 2012
Reported killed: 6
Reported injured: 10
The Iranian channel reported that ten people – all al-Shabaab fighters – had been killed in a drone strike on the Afgoye region near Mogadishu.

Location: Afgoye near Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV092
August 4 2012
Reported killed: 13
Reported injured: 0

Press TV reported ‘Senior al-Shabab official Sheikh Muhammad Talal Daahir’ said a US drone crashed in northern Somalia. Daahir told the broadcaster a second drone subsequently killed 13 al Shabaab fighters.

Location: Bosaso
Reference: Press TV

PTV093
August 5 2012
Reported killed: 9
Reported injured: 0

A US drone killed nine people in the outskirts of Afmadow according to Press TV.

Location: Afmadow
References: Press TV, Warsheekh.com

PTV094
August 10 2012
Reported killed: 5
Reported injured: ‘More than two dozen’
Press TV reported a US drone killed five in the southern port city of Kismayo.

Location: Kismayo
References: Press TVWarsheekh.com

PTV95
August 11 2012
Reported killed: 3 civilians
Reported injured: 15
Press TV reported at least three civilians were killed in a drone attack in the south of the country. The drone ’fired two missiles, hitting a civilian area as well as a base used by al-Shabab fighters.’

Location: Kulbiyow
References: Press TV, Russia Today, Independent (Ireland)

PTV96
August 15 2012
Reported killed: 7 people
Reported injured: 12+
The Iranian channel claimed that seven people were killed in a US drone strike on an unspecified district of Mogadishu.

Location: Mogadishu
Reference: Press TV

PTV97
August 24 2012
Reported killed: 36
Reported injured: ‘Dozens’
Press TV claimed 36 people were killed in a drone attack on the southern port city of Kismayo.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV, SomaliSwisstv.com

PTV98
August 26 2012
Reported killed: 4

Reported injured: 19
The broadcaster reported a drone strike in the south of the country, citing unnamed ‘local military officials’.

Location: Between Dhobley and Afmadow
Reference: Press TV

PTV99
August 29 2012
Reported killed: 26

Reported injured: ‘Dozens’
A US drone killed at least 26 in southern Somalia, according to the Iranian broadcaster. Unnamed local sources said many houses were destroyed in the attack.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV100
September 5 2012
Reported killed: 21
Reported injured: 72

Press TV reported a US drone killed 21 in a strike in the southwest of Somalia. The broadcaster cited ‘local military officials’ in its report.

Location: Buur Dubo
Reference: Press TV

PTV101
September 7 2012
Reported killed: 8
Reported injured: 21

A US drone killed eight in a strike on Kismayo according to the Tehran broadcaster. A ‘senior al-Shabab official, Ibrahim Abu Yoonis, identified as Ibrahim Jurus’ reportedly confirmed the casualty figures.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV102
September 28 2012
Reported killed: 3+

Reported injured: 39
The Iranian broadcaster said a drone strike killed at least three people near the Waamo Hotel in Kismayo.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV103
September 30 2012
Reported killed: At least 4
Reported injured: Up to 30 

A US drone strike near the village of Sanguuni, in the southern region of Gedo, reportedly killed four and injured ‘at least a dozen’, according to Press TV. The broadcaster quoted Al Shabaab sources saying 30 were wounded.

Location: Gedo
Reference: Press TV

PTV104
October 1 2012
Reported killed: 13
Reported injured: n/a
A US drone killed 13 Al Shabaab fighters in the port city of Kismayo, according to the broadcaster. The fighters had returned to the city having retreated in the face of a Kenyan attack in late September.

Location: Kismayo
Reference: Press TV

PTV105
October 8 2012
Reported killed: 15
Reported injured: ‘many’
‘At least 15′ were killed in a US drone strike targeting al Shabaab fighters near the town of Wanlaweyn, the Tehran-based TV channel reported. ‘Many others’ were wounded, the station added.

Location: Wanlaweyn
Reference: Press TV

PTV106
October 10 2012
Reported killed: 6
Reported injured: 15
A US drone strike targeted a house in Kulbiyow, killing six al Shabaab fighters and wounding a further 15, according to PressTV. The broadcaster quoted al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ibrahim Jabaar confirming the incident.

Location: Kulbiyow
Reference: Press TV

PTV107
October 14 2012
Reported killed: 29
Reported injured: n/a
Missiles fired from a US drone hit Al Shabaab fighters in Merka, Shalanbood, according to the Iranian broadcaster, killing ‘at least 29′. The town had earlier seen heavy fighting between Al Shabaab militants and Somali government troops, the broadcaster added.

Location: Merka
Reference: PressTV

PTV108
October 18 2012
Reported killed: 24
Reported injured: n/a
A US drone fired missiles at ‘an area near the town of Bardera’, according to Press TV, in a morning attack on an unspecified target. ‘At least 24 people’ were killed, according to the broadcaster.

Location: Bardera
Reference: PressTV