U.S. forces coordinate with Somalia to conduct airstrike against al-Shabab terrorists

U.S. forces coordinating with Somalia’s authorities carried out an airstrike Saturday against al-Shabab terrorists who had been attacking Somali National Army forces round Buulobarde, Somalia, about 135 miles from Mogadishu, in accordance to a information launch from U.S. Africa Command.

Two al-Shabab terrorists had been killed within the airstrike, in accordance to U.S. Africa Command’s preliminary evaluation, and there have been no civilian casualties, however the command mentioned it is persevering with to assess the outcomes and plans to present updates. It won’t launch extra particular details about models and property used for safety causes.

In early October, the U.S. additionally performed an airstrike, once more coordinating with the Somali authorities, against al-Shabab militants close to Jilib, about 230 miles from Somalia’s capital, killing one al-Shabab chief.

A U.S. troop presence of below 500 troops has been in place in Somalia since May, when President Biden authorised the Pentagon’s request to convey troops again to the war-torn nation, reversing a call by President Donald Trump in January 2021 to withdraw the bigger contingent of 750 that had been there. After taking office, Trump at first expanded airstrikes within the area however in December 2020, he ordered a drawdown of troops. 

The Biden administration’s choice got here amid the persistent and growing menace posed by al-Shabab. In 2014, President Barack Obama deployed navy advisers to Somalia in 2014, the primary time there had been boots on the bottom there since October 1993, when militants managed by Somali warlord Farah Aideed shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters, ensuing within the deaths of 18 U.S. troops and scores of Somalis. President Bill Clinton pulled U.S. fight troops from Somalia days later.

Eleanor Watson and David Martin contributed to this report.

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