30 Mar '17, 5pm

Pentagon gets OK for more aggressive airstrikes in Somalia

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted the U.S. military more authority to go after al-Qaida linked militants in Somalia, approving a Pentagon request to allow more aggressive airstrikes, officials said Thursday. Trump's decision, which was made Wednesday but not immediately announced, allows U.S. special operations forces to accompany Somali National Army troops and other African allies as they move closer to the fight, enabling them to call in offensive airstrikes quicker. Portions of southern Somalia, excluding the capital Mogadishu, will be considered a warzone, officials said. That designation gives U.S. forces on the ground the authority to call in offensive airstrikes, rather than waiting for approval by higher level commanders. In a statement Thursday, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the additional U.S. support will help "increase pressur...

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