The United States strongly condemns the September 1 terrorist attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Forward Operating Base in Janaale, Lower Shabelle region. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the courageous Ugandan troops who were killed and injured. We commend Uganda for its longstanding commitment to peace and stability in Somalia as a founding member of AMISOM and recognize the considerable sacrifices it has made towards that end. We join the expressions of outrage in Somalia and abroad against this terrorist act, which is yet another demonstration of al-Shabaab’s brutality in its depraved efforts to destabilize Somalia and deny the people of Somalia the peaceful, prosperous future they deserve.
Al-Shabaab will not succeed. Along with our international and Somali partners, the United States will continue our assistance to AMISOM and the Somali security forces to help them defeat al-Shabaab, restore stability, and rebuild the country.