US air strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters

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By AFP|Updated: 21st November 2017

Representational image. A ball of fire rises following an air campaign. (File|AP).

WASHINGTON: United States forces carried out an air campaign versus the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military authorities stated.

” In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, United States forces carried out an air strike in Somalia versus an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at roughly 10:30 am regional Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants,” the US Africa Command said in a declaration.

The operation occurred 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

The United States military has in recent months upped the pace of its operations in Somalia, performing a growing number of drone strikes versus Shabaab and other jihadists.

On November 13, the Pentagon said US forces had actually killed 40 Shabaab and Islamic State fighters in a series of Somalia strikes over a number of days.

The surge in US operations followed President Donald Trump in March loosened the restraints on the United States military to do something about it versus declared terrorists when they judge it is required, without seeking particular White House approval.