Somalia: Over 100 militants were killed by US airstrike.
The United States military has confirmed that over 100 Islamist militants were killed in an airstrike launched against the al-Shabaab group in Somalia.
A U.S. defense official said that the strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, CNN reported.
The military’s Africa Command said that the strike was carried out on a camp 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The Defense Department now has 500 personnel, including military, civilians and contractors, in Somalia.
The personnel are part of the effort to support African forces fighting al-Shabaab as well as the ISIS forces there.
Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world.
The strike was done in coordination with Somalia’s federal government, the Pentagon said.
U.S. airstrikes killing such a large number of militants in Somalia are rare, but not unprecedented. In March 2016, a U.S. air strike killed more than 150 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
According to the reports, Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country.
There have been 29 strikes acknowledged by the Pentagon so far this year. Seven of those strikes took place between 9 and 14 November.
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country.
Earlier this month, the U.S. warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital.
“Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region,” the U.S. military statement said.
Earlier this month, the U.S. military also carried out its first strikes against Islamic State militants in Somalia and said it killed “several terrorists.”