Somalia: U.S Airstrike Targets Al-Shabab Militants Near Mogadishu

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Friday August 11, 2017 - 10:12:27 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: U.S Airstrike Targets Al-Shabab Militants Near Mogadishu

    NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — U.S military says it has conducted two kinetic strikes against al-Shabaab militants near the Banadir region in southern Somalia, according a statement by the U.S Department of Defense on Thursday.

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NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — U.S military says it has conducted two kinetic strikes against al-Shabaab militants near the Banadir region in southern Somalia, according a statement by the U.S Department of Defense on Thursday.
Local sources said the operation specifically targeted a group of militants at Shashweyn area near the capital, Mogadishu. 
"We will continue to assess the results of the operation and will provide additional information as appropriate. Specific details about the units involved and assets used will not be released in order to ensure operational security." the statement added.
In a separate statement, the office of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said he has ordered the attack which Villa Somalia said killed senior al-Shabaab commander.   The identity of the militant commander was not released.
The al-Shabaab group does not usually speak on attacks against its commanders.
Al-Shabaab which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda continues to carry attacks targeting both civilian and the internationally-recognized government of Somalia.
The U.S Special Forces stationed in several locations in the country have been partnering with well-trained Somali forces to dismantle al-Shabaab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region.
In March this year, the U.S President Donald Trump approved executive order which allows the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct lethal action against al-Shabaab within a geographically-defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia.

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