Pentagon Orders New Probe of Somalia Massacre After Daily Beast Exposé

The head of the U.S. military’s Africa command has ordered a new investigation into the reported role of U.S. special forces personnel in the Aug. 25 killings of 10 unarmed civilians in Somalia, after questions were raised about the incident in a November report by The Daily Beast. “After subsequent media reports alleged misconduct by U.S. personnel who participated in the operation, Gen. [Thomas] Waldhauser referred the matter to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to ensure a full exploration of the facts given the gravity of the allegations,” a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told ABC News. Ten civilians, including one child, in the village of Bariire were shot and killed during a counterterror raid conducted by 10-13 U.S. special operators who were accompanied by members of the Somali National Army. After The Daily Beast report published, U.S. military officials said they were “conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground.”