U.S ratchets up pressure on ISIS, kills 6 in Golis mountains

A US strike Tuesday killed six ISIS militants according to AFRICOM bringing to 31 the number of ISIS fighters killed in the Golis ranges in the last one month.

AFRICOM said in a statement Thursday it killed six ISIS militants in the strike as it upped strikes in the region.

“The Golis Mountains are a known area for terrorist camps and ongoing fighting between ISIS and al-Shabaab,” the statement read in part.

In the month of May alone, AFRICOM conducted six strikes in Golis Mountains targeting ISIS militants in what could be seen as a move to tame the spread of the militant group further south though it already has tentacles in south-central regions including the capital Mogadishu.

“We continue to put pressure on terrorist networks in Somalia to enable governance to take hold,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William P. West, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command. “The Federal Government of Somalia and the United States will continue to take advantage of opportunities presented by the networks in order to disrupt their operations and degrade their capabilities.”

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