Battle of Bargal (2007)

The Battle of Bargal occurred in June 2007 around the town of Bargal in the northern province of Bari, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

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.
DateMay 31 – June 3, 2007
Result United States/Puntland victory
Islamic Courts Union  Puntland
 United States
12-35 insurgents Land:
unknown militia
1 destroyer
Casualties and losses
12 killed Puntland:
5 wounded
United States:


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.

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