WASHINGTON – The U.S. military conducted two offensive drone strikes against al-Shabaab extremists in southeast Somalia on Thursday.

U.S. Military command overseeing operations in Africa declined to name the target of strikes. The office of the Somali President said the attack killed an unidentified senior al-Shabaab commander.

The attack was carried out under authorities President Donald Trump granted in March that allow the military to carry out offensive operations against the al-Qaeda affiliate in designated areas of active hostility.

Prior to the Thursday strikes, the new authorities had been used in two other operations.

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