In this article, Type Media Center fellow Nick Turse covers the lack of accountability taken by the U.S. military for the deaths of Luul Dahir Mohamed and her 4-year-old daughter Mariam Shilow Muse, who were killed by a 2018 U.S. drone strike in Somalia.


  • Crime with No Punishment: Turse highlights the lack of accountability taken for the deaths of Luul and Mariam, noting that, despite acknowledging the civilian deaths from the strike, the U.S. military has still never provided the family with compensation or an apology, even after their multiple pleas.
  • The Broader Context: The article contextualizes this incident within the broader framework of U.S. drone warfare, emphasizing documented cases of civilian casualties, flawed intelligence, and a lack of accountability in various conflict zones where drone strikes have occurred.
  • The High Price of Military Shortcomings: Turse reveals the shortcomings in U.S. military procedures that contributed to the tragic event, including inexperienced personnel, rushed decision-making, the pressure for quick outcomes, and a shift in rules of engagement which allowed for more rapid and less stringent targeting, leading to critical errors in identifying targets.
  • The Lasting Impact: The article delves into the lasting trauma that Luul and Mariam’s family carry with them, noting the fear, grief, and anger they feel from both the loss of their loved ones, and the lack of response from the United States.

Type Media Center’s Note

This article by our fellow Nick Turse reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change.