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U.S. army launches airstrike in Somalia

The United States military said Saturday that it conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Friday as part of efforts to degrade the extremist group, al-Shabab.

The U.S. Africa Command, which did not give details of militants killed, said no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike which targeted al-Shabab in the vicinity of Kobon.

“The Federal Government of Somalia is aggressively disrupting al-Shabab activities and sending a strong message about their commitment to degrading this terror group’s ability to operate in the region,” Robert Huston, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of operations said in a statement.

“These persistent and precision strikes help create enhanced security in Somalia while signaling an ability to swiftly reach al-Shabab and disrupt their operations at a moment’s notice,” Huston added.

Washington which carried out more than 40 strikes in Somalia in 2018 has lately stepped up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office.

Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, flushing them in their Lower and Middle Shabelle region bases as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation. Enditem

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