US forces conduct strike against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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imgUS forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces on Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 300km southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon said the operation occurred at approximately 0600 GMT “in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.”

Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said Somalian special forces participated in the raid against a training center for the extremist group’s militants near Sakow, a district in the Middle Juba region.

“The mission which was successfully ended destroyed an important training camp where the group used to organize violent operations,” said Mohamed. “This undermines their ability to mastermind more attacks.”

Neither statement mentioned casualties.

The Pentagon statement emphasized that the strike was carried out as part of US President Donald Trump’s March authorisation of American forces “to conduct legal action against Al-Shabaab within a geographically defined area of active hostilities in support of (the) partner force in Somalia.”

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