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US strikes Shabaab outside Somali capital | FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab outside Somali capital | FDD's Long War Journal

US forces interdicted a Shabaab car bomb intended for Somalia’s capital. This marks the third time the United States has conducted a strike in order to prevent an imminent car bomb attack on the capital in the past month. It is also the first publicized US counterterrorism strike in 2018. In the early hours of Jan. 2, US forces hit the vehicle approximately 50 km west of Mogadishu. The assault killed two Shabaab fighters and destroyed the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), or suicide car bomb, which was intended for Somalia’s capital, according to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release . Shabaab is al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa and Somalia. It has maintained a persistent insurgency and has controlled territory in both southern and central Somalia for well over a decade. Shabaab uses its safe havens in Somalia to attack the fledgeling Somali govern...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/01/us-strike...

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