Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

U.S. airstrike kills over 100 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

U.S. airstrike kills over 100 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

Somalia's official state news agency confirmed the attack on Tuesday stating that an estimated 100 militants were killed in a joint operation by the U.S. air force and Somali commandos.

A US defense official said that the strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, CNN reported.

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the strike happened at 10:30 a.m. local time about 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu, the country's capital.

The U.S. military has roughly 500 troops in Somalia, double the number of forces from a year ago.

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Somalia's state news agency SONNA reported late on Tuesday that "about 100 militants" were killed when USA planes and Somali commandos attacked al Shabaab bases in the Bur Elay area of Bay region.

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"Al Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the USA and our partners in the region", read the statement.

"U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats", said an AFRICOM statement.

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The surge in United States operations came after President Donald Trump in March loosened the constraints on the United States military to take actions against alleged terrorists when they judge it is needed, without seeking specific White House approval.

The US is collaborating with the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) "targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world", Africom said.

There are now more than 500 USA troops stationed in the east African country ravaged by civil war, Politico reported, the most since two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and a pilot captured in Mogadishu more than two decades ago.

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