The United States coordinated with the Somali government to conduct three drone airstrikes. The airstrikes ended up killing four militants of the Al-Shabab Islamic terrorist group. The first two airstrikes killed two militants and destroyed two vehicles, while the third airstrike killed two other militants, according to US Africa Command.
The airstrikes were “precision defensive strikes” conducted by Air Force F-15 fighters. Jonathan Hoffman, Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News that the fighters conducted “precision defensive strikes” on five Kataeb Hezbollah (Iraqi-militia) sites.
The militants are known to be a part of the Al-Shabab terrorist group, which has been linked to Al Qaeda in the past. The airstrike was conducted after the truck bombing in Somalia that killed at least 78 people. Though no group has taken responsibility for the attack, the Somalian President blamed Al-Shabab. This could be because the same group attacked the presidential palace at the Somali capital earlier in December.
Since (Al-Shabab)’s first external attack in 2010, the group has ruthlessly killed hundreds. They have attacked and killed African partners, allies, and fellow Americans. They are a global menace and their sights are set on exporting violence regionally and eventually attacking the U.S. homeland.Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler, Director of Operations for U.S. Africa Command, in a statement
The officials from US Africa Command also said that they complied with the Law of Armed Conflict and ensured that no civilians were injured during the airstrikes.
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Source: Fox News