US drones are flown
to southern Somalia from secret US bases in neighboring Kenya, Press
TV reports, quoting a Somali official.
A US Predator drone
firing two Hellfire missiles
A Somali government official, who spoke on the condition of
unanimity, told Press TV that there are secret US bases in Kenya mainly
used for flying American pilotless drone bombers.
He also said that there are secret US jails in Kenya where hundreds of
young people, captured in Somalia, are being held.
The US has increased the number of its attacks by unmanned surveillance
aircraft in Somalia. Many civilians have died as a result.
Somalia is the sixth country where the US military has engaged in
unauthorized aerial bombing campaigns through the use of its
The United States has also deployed its drones for aerial attacks in
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.
Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, though most of such
attacks have largely resulted in civilian casualties.