Somalia: US hits Al-Shabaab with drone strike

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The United States military confirmed on Monday that it carried out a drone strike against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

The strike, which took place on Sunday, is the second carried out since US President Donald Trump relaxed targeting rules for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa nation in March. No further details have been released.

 

US steps up efforts against Al-Shabaab

American officials have said in recent weeks that the military would carry out strikes against elements of Al-Shabaab that plot attacks, train militants, store weapons and other key targets.

“U.S. forces remain committed to supporting the Federal Government of Somalia, the Somali National Army and our Amisom partners in defeating al-Shabaab and establishing a safe and secure environment in Somalia,” Maj. Audricia Harris said in a statement.

Three weeks ago, the US conducted a drone strike against a command and logistics section of an Al-Shabaab camp – the first strike since Trump relaxed the rules of engagement – killing eight militants, according to officials.

 

No details over latest strike

Information typically surfaces soon after drone strikes are carried out in Somalia, but no details have emerged yet over this latest strike. On Monday, Maj. Audricia Harris said the Pentagon was “assessing the results of the operation” and suggested additional information would follow.

No such details have emerged.

Officials are not disclosing the location of the strike or a description of the site that was hit, although one military official has suggested it was similar to the strike conducted in June.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.