US Airstrike Slays 60 Al-Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia - AFRICOM

An armed soldier stand guard at Zobe junction during the anniversary an explosion in the capital of Mogadishu Somalia Sunday Oct. 14 2018. Somalia is marking the first anniversary of one of the world's deadliest attacks since 9/11 a truck bombing in

US military kills 60 Al-Shabaab militants killed in deadliest strike

A us military airstrike in central Somalia this weekend killed 60 Al Shabab fighters, the largest airstrike targeting the al-Qaeda affiliated terror group in more than a year, officials said Tuesday.

The US command also claimed to assess that "this airstrike did not injure or kill any civilians".

The air strike, which was launched on Friday, occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country, the US Africa Command announced on Tuesday.

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The US said the attack was carried out as part of a joint effort with Somali forces to hit the al-Shabab group.

In March of 2017, President Donald Trump authorized the United States military to carry out precision strikes targeting al-Shabaab in an effort to bolster the Federal Government of Somalia. The last air raid in November 20-17 killed more than one-hundred al-Shabab militants.

The group, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, has proved tenacious and regularly carries out deadly attacks against high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints in the capital and other cities.

"Air strikes reduce Al-Shabaab's ability to plot future attacks, disrupt its leadership networks, and degrade its freedom of maneuver within the region", Africa Command said in a statement.

It also came ahead of the first anniversary Sunday of a truck bombing that left more than 500 dead in Mogadishu, the worst ever attack in Somalia blamed on Al-Shabaab.

"A large concentration of Shabab fighters a significant distance from its typical support zone in Jubba River Valley demonstrates the al-Qaida branch's resilience across the country", wrote Bill Roggio and Alexandra Gutowski for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Long war Journal.

Al-Shabab, which has been fighting to establish an Islamic state in Somalia for nearly a decade, continues to hold parts of the country's south and central regions after being chased out of Mogadishu several years ago.

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