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US says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’


9th November 2017 - Quoted by Abdi Guled - The Los Angeles Times

The U.S. military says "several militants" have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

The airstrike was carried out Thursday afternoon in the Bay Region, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of the capital, Mogadishu, according to a statement by the U.S. Africa Command. The command did not immediately respond to a question about whether any civilians were killed or injured.

The U.S. has carried out over a dozen drone strikes against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab this year after the Trump administration approved expanded military efforts against the group. The Long War Journal counts 15 airstrikes against al-Shabab this year.

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al-shabbab, somalia, sunni-jihadism