United States military says 60 militants killed in Somalia airstrike

Lester Mason
October 17, 2018

A United States military air strike against the al-Shabab group in Somalia has killed about 60 fighters, one of its deadliest in almost a year, U.S. military officials said.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement Tuesday it assesses no civilians were injured or killed in Friday's airstrike, which took place in the vicinity of Harardere, in central Somalia.

"This precision airstrike was the largest airstrike against al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017, when U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab camp killing approximately 100 terrorists", AFRICOM said in a Tuesday news release.

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The US military has carried out more than two dozen air strikes, including drone strikes, this year against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab.

The strike targeted the militants associated with the group al-Shabaab, al Qaeda's largest affiliate.

"Airstrikes reduce al-Shabaab's ability to plot future attacks, disrupt its leadership networks, and degrade its freedom of maneuver within the region", U.S. Africa Command said in its statement.

While the USA has conducted 27 airstrikes against al-Shabaab in 2018, though usually the strikes target small groups of militants.

U.S. Africa Command is authorized to conduct self-defense strikes in situations when African Union or Somali government troops accompanied by U.S. advisers came under attack.

There are about 500 USA military personnel in Somalia participating in an advise and assist mission with the Somali military.

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