13 Sep '18, 7pm

Shabaab attacks US and partner force outside Mogadishu

On Sept. 11, Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch attacked US and partner forces, resulting in casualties on both sides, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The attack occurred in Mubaraak, a central village located approximately 37 miles west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. US personnel did not incur injuries or casualties and are fully accounted for. Following the attack, the United States conducted a defensive airstrike which killed two Shabaab terrorists and wounded an additional one. AFRICOM does not assess any civilian casualties. The United States regularly strikes Shabaab in the vicinity of Mogadishu, a frequent target of Shabaab attacks. An estimated 30 percent of Shabaab’s claimed attacks between Oct. 2017 and April 2018 took place in and around Mogadishu, according to a study by FDD’s Long War Journal . For example, just a day before this...

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