Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 'several'

US drone strike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 'several'

Three al-Qaeda linked militant group al-Shabaab were fighters killed and four others injured on Thursday in an offensive operations against the group carried out by Somali forces near Basra village in Middle Shabelle region.

Earlier this month the US military carried out its first airstrikes in Somalia against ISIS, which is a small but growing presence in the northern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

"Prior to this strike, the US forces observed the Al-Shabaab combatant participating in the attacks on a USA and Somali convoy". A spokeswoman told The Associated Press that no civilians were anywhere near the strike.

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The strike targeting al-Shabab occurred at approximately 3 p.m. local time in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Al Shabab has been blamed for carrying out the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history last month, though there was no official claim of responsibility. It was Somalia's worst-ever attack and one of the world's deadliest in years. This is the second US strike against the IS group in Somalia. Many of its fighters are reported to be former al-Shabab members who switched allegiances.

Al-Shabaab pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 2012, which has attracted U.S. counter-terrorism operations in the country.

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The U.S. has intensified its fight against terrorists after President Trump gave the Pentagon more authority to carry out airstrikes in Somalia.

The U.S. military has killed several militants in strikes carried out in coordination with the Somali government in the past week in a bid to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation. The AU pullout is set to be complete by the end of 2020.

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