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USA airstrike kills 'several' al-Shabab militants in Somalia "abcnews"

Al-Shabaab was blamed for the truck bombing that killed over 350 last month US Airstrike in Somalia Kills 'Several Militants'
Kenny Thornton | 12 November, 2017, 20:21

U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) says at least 1 militant was killed in an airstrike against Al Shabaab in Southern Somalia on Saturday, Nov 11, Garowe Online reports.

" Somali National Army (SNA) killed three terrorists and wounded four others in today's (Thursday) operation which aims to flush out al-Shabaab militants from all over the country", Anod told the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

AFRICOM said USA forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats, targeting Al Shabaab camps throughout Somalia.

Africom, which has in the past conducted counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group in Somalia, said its special forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats.

U.S. forces have conducted well over a dozen airstrikes targeting al Shabab this year since U.S. President Donald Trump signed a directive in March giving the military authorization to conduct offensive counterterrorism airstrikes in Somalia against the jihadist group.

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The operation comes one week after US forces conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia.

"The latest strikes in Somalia are yet another sign of the Trump Administration's bellicose expansion of the U.S. drone strike programme and follow reports that Trump has loosened rules on lethal strikes across the globe", Alex Moorehead, global legal expert at Columbia Law School. said. After years of interim authority, an internationally backed federal government was installed in 2012.

Friday's airstrike was the 23rd the US military has carried out this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the far smaller Islamic State group in Somalia.

Following the October 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu which killed over 400 people mostly civilians, the government declared war against al-Shabaab fighters who control large swath of remote areas in South and central Somalia.

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