13 Sep '17, 4pm

U.S. ops against al-Shabab in Somalia heat up

U.S. ops against al-Shabab in Somalia heat up

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces in Somalia conducted three precision airstrikes against al-Shabab on Wednesday, killing six terrorists. Wednesday’s strike is the third in a series of Somalia strikes this month and what appears to be an increasing spate of kinetic strikes against al-Shabab. Shabab’s deep ties to al-Qaida make it a threat to the U.S. and a prime target of U.S. military and counterterrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa. On Sept 5, U.S. forces launched an airstrike against al-Shabab, killing three near Bay Region of Somalia, about 75 kilometers west of the capital of Mogadishu, according to officials at U.S. Africa Command. And on Sept. 7, U.S. forces carried out a precision strike, killing one terrorist near Baraawe, Somalia. All strikes were carried out in support of African Union Mission in Somalia and Somali National Army forces, according to press releases. Wed...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/09/13/us-op...

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