AFRICOM war crimes are numerous, most of them keep on being concealed with all the traces hidden from the wider world. However, some human rights groups are still attempting to bring to light the hideous detail behind the committed violations. Another spell of investigations has been unraveling recently after a report on U.S. military airstrikes where 14 civilians were killed.
By September 2018, the US had carried out more than 20 airstrikes in Somalia. AFRICOM representative confirmed that at least 500 U.S. soldiers were on the ground in Somalia at the time.
Would it be possible to for each instance of airstrike to be perfectly executed with no civilian casualties involved knowing in hindsight that almost every attack leaves the death toll of a number of civilian lives? Over all these years AFRICOM has become proficient in concealing the traces of the airstrikes and has all the means to keep it this way.
In April 2019 an executive order was signed by the White House to extend the AFRICOM presence in Somalia – and despite the affirmations by the AFRICOM spokesperson, John Manley, that “U.S. Africa Command minimizes the risk to civilians by following a thorough, reasonable methodology that accounts for weapons effects and mitigates risk to civilians”.
U.S. airstrike in Somalia earlier in 2019 killed three more civilians, an international human rights organization claimed, citing a new investigation.
The war casualties will continue given AFRICOM is repeatedly extending its presence, which is further bringing disruption within the lives of the common people.
AFRICOM should leave Africa to let the peace reside there, not war.