29 Sep '16, 3pm

Attacks on U.S. troops in Somalia leads to air strikes on al Shabab

U.S. troops in Somalia came under fire in two separate attacks this week, requiring U.S. Africa Command to launch two “self-defense” airstrikes and killing 13 al-Shabab militants, a defense official said. The first attack came Sept. 26 near Kismayo, a port city in southern Somalia, where a small team of U.S. forces was conducting operations alongside a Somali military unit. They were targeting a bomb-manufacturing network linked al-Shabab, the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia. When al-Shabab militants attacked the U.S. and Somali troops with small-arms fire, the U.S. military “conducted a self-defense strike to neutralize the threat and in doing so killed nine enemy fighters,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The U.S. military maintains a "small number" of troops in Somalia to support the fight against al-Shabab. U.S. officials have not disclosed how many Ame...

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