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Does America Know Who Its Airstrike Victims Are?

A recent strike in Somalia raises questions about whether Africom investigates civilian casualties.

MOGADISHU—Ibrahim Hirei had been driving back to Mogadishu with two friends on March 18 when his car was hit in an American airstrike. Hirei, who had spent the day in the village of Muuri inspecting his family’s farm, was killed, along with a second man in the car. The third passenger died later in the hospital.

A press release the U.S. military command in Africa issued the next day said the strike was aimed at degrading “the terrorist network

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