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For nearly five years, the U.S. has been waging a secret drone war in Africa

Topics: Africa, Conflict, Drones, National security, technology, War,

Biggest story you missedThis undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-9 Reaper. (Credit: AP/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt, US Air Force)

Since 2007, the United States has killed at least 112 Somali jihadists and 57 civilians in the Horn of Africa, Wired’s Danger Room reported, citing figures from the London Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The deaths have come as part of a broad counterterrorism campaign against Islamic militants on the continent, which employs the use of drones, jet bombings, cruise-missile attacks and special operations forces.

The use of drones in the area has drastically increased in the last couple of years –up to about 12 hours of daily flight, according to Danger Room estimates — yet so far there have been no major protests against either the military or the CIA in America or in Africa. In that sense, the shadow war in Somalia might offer a glimpse of how the U.S. will approach overseas counterrorism and conflict.

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