Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

US Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

US Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

It said a vehicle with improvised explosive devices was also destroyed in the early morning attack. This is the latest such incident in a series that have happened in the recent past.

"This includes partnering with Amisom and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counter-terrorism operations targeting terrorists, their training camps and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region", the statement further said.

Al-Shabab assassins have shot dead the father of Colonel Hassan Ali Nur Shute, the chairman of the Somali military court in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, Garowe Online reports.

"We assess no civilians were killed in this strike", the statement read.

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According to press releases, in December 2017, U.S. Africa Command killed a total of 25 al-Shabaab members in airstrikes.

The U.S. military carried out more than 30 drone strikes past year against al-Shabab and fighters linked to the Islamic State group after the Trump administration approved expanded operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

The militants aim to topple Somalia's government, to drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and to impose the group's own strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The Sunni fundamentalists have for years fought for dominance in Somalia and want to create an Islamist state in the Horn of Africa country.

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