Pentagon: First U.S. Airstrike In Somalia Kills 8 Al-Shabab Terrorists

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U.S. airstrikes targeted Islamic extremists in Somalia on Sunday as the U.S. ramped up efforts to support the East African government in the face of brutal attacks from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab terrorist group.

The U.S. African Command said “current assessments” indicated eight militants died in the airstrikes, which appeared to be the first since President Trump gave the Pentagon the go-ahead in March to conduct actions against the ruthless group in support of partner forces in Somalia.

The strike targeted a camp about 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The Pentagon said the attack was coordinated with “regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.” Read more at USA Today.




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