Battle of Bargal (2007)
|Battle of Bargal|
|Part of the Somali Civil War (2006–2009)|
Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa
Somalia, Bargal is at the right hand tip of the Horn.
|Islamic Courts Union||
|Casualties and losses|
On May 30, between 12 and 35 heavily armed Islamist fighters arrived in two fishing boats from southern Somalia and clashed with local troops. On June 1, a United States Navy warship, the USS Chafee, shelled hills around Bargal where Islamist militants were reported to have set up a base. The target of the shelling may have been an al-Qaeda operative who the United States believed was involved in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
According to the Puntland regional government, as many as a dozen fighters including Somali militants as well as British nationals, Americans, Swedish, Pakistanis and Yemenis were killed in these operations, and five government troops were injured.