An American air strike has killed more than 100 Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab jihadists, 200 kilometres north-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu.
"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an Al Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants," the US Africa Command said in a statement.
The American Embassy in Pretoria on Wednesday confirmed the attack in a press release by the US State Department:
“Al Shabaab has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. Al Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and our partners in the region,” read the statement.
“US forces will continue to use all authorised and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.”
The State Department confirmed that the political and security goals of all three were the same and this included a reconstituted Somali state at peace internally and able to address all threats within its territory.
Several weeks ago the Pentagon confirmed that US air strikes had killed 40 Al Shabaab members in a number of assaults carried out over several days as part of a policy to step up operations against the group.
The uptick in US strikes follows US President Donald Trump in March authorising the American military to take action where it was necessary without consulting the White House first for approval.
- African News Agency (ANA)