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US Conducts First Strike Against Al-Shabaab Positions in Somalia - Pentagon

US Conducts First Strike Against Al-Shabaab Positions in Somalia - Pentagon

The Pentagon emphasized that the strike was carried out as part of US President Donald Trump's recent authorization of American forces "to conduct legal action against al-Shabab within a geographically defined area of active hostilities in support of (the) partner force in Somalia".

According to Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana W. White, the bombing was in response to al-Shabab's recent attacks on the Somali military and used the new authority the Department of Defense received from Trump.

A USA official said more such strikes should be expected now that US and Somali officials have closely analyzed potential targets that could be attacked using the new authorities Trump approved. Al-Shabaab has also increased its combat capability by seizing heavy weaponry, armored vehicles, explosives, small arms, ammunition, and other miscellaneous supplies during its operations overrunning Burundian National Defense Forces FOB Leego, Ugandan People's Defense Force FOB Janaale, and Kenyan Defense Force FOB Ceel Ad.

The US attack was carried out by at least one armed Reaper drone flying from a base in Djibouti, a US official said.

The president of Somalia confirmed the airstrike, The AP said.

"For those who have suffered under al-Shabab, and for the rest of Somalia, I want you to know that we are committed to defeating al-Shabab and uniting our people". "This strike will enhance security and reduce the threats of al-Shabaab". This will ultimately disrupt the enemy's ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia, " Farmajo is quoted.




Somalia has been a scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabaab militants since 2006.

Al Shabaab's mandate is to overthrow the Somali Government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose strict Islamic law.

"We confirm that the total number of deaths is 59, including six women, and the total number of injuries is 38", Major Mohamed Abdi, a Puntland military officer, told Reuters by phone.

U.S. special forces have been deployed in Somalia for years.

The Somali president reiterated his call to al-Shabab to take advantage of his amnesty issued on April 6.

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