Sunday, June 11, 2017

U.S. Launches Airstrike On Al-Shabaab Military Base In Somalia

ABC News: US military carries out first offensive airstrike in Somalia under Trump's new authorities

The U.S. military has conducted its first offensive airstrike against the jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab in Somalia, targeting the group under the new authorities given by the Trump administration in March that allows offensive airstrikes.

"On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. eastern daylight time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia," said Dana White, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson in a statement.

"The operation occurred approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu," White said. "The U.S. conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces."

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More News On Today's Airstrike By The U.S. On An Al-Shabaab Military Base In Somalia

Deadly airstrike hits al-Shabaab in Somalia as US mission there intensifies -- Military Times
US military warns of Shabaab resurgence, strikes ‘command and logistics node’ -- Long War Journal
Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost -- NBC
U.S. Strikes Shabab, a Likely First Since Trump Relaxed Rules for Somalia -- NYT
US forces conduct strike against Somalia's Al-Shabaab: Pentagon -- AFP
Somali, US Military Claim to Destroy an Al-Shabab Training Base -- VOA
US and Somali forces strikes Al-Shabab command post -- DW
US carries out first drone airstrike against Al-Qaeda affiliated Somali militant group Al-Shabaab under new powers approved by President Trump -- Daily Mail
US kills 8 militants in Somalia -- The Hill
US launches airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia using enhanced powers -- RT

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