Somalia May See Fewer Drone Strikes as Biden Restricts their Use

United States president Joe Biden Friday formally issued a directive requiring presidential approval for drone strikes in countries like Somalia which is not recognized as active US war zones.

The president’s guidance comes as the US forces have stepped up drone strikes against the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

The policy reverses the Trump administration that allowed airstrikes without the permission of the White House.

In some cases, US forces may conduct airstrikes in self-defense without the president’s approval.

In August, Somali forces launched a military operation against al-Shabab, pushing the militant group out of many areas in the country.

The recent airstrikes in Somalia are believed to have been carried out in self-defense and to support the government forces in terror operations.

On October 1, the US Africa Command conducted an airstrike near Jilib town in Middle Juba, killing one of the al-Shabab leaders Abdullahi Yare who has a $3 million bounty on his head.

On September 27, militants were killed in an airstrike near Buula Barde, Hiran region.

The directive will also require the president’s approval before a terror suspect is included in the kill list.