WASHINGTON – The U.S. military conducted an airstrike against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab in southwest Somalia on Thursday, according to U.S. Africa Command, “killing several militants.”
The strike came as the Trump administration continues ramped-up efforts against the extremist group, considered to be the deadliest in Africa.
Africa Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in Africa, said in a statement that the strike was conducted in coordination with the Somali government.
The U.S. has carried out 15 airstrikes against al-Shabaab this year, with the first in June. President Donald Trump granted Africa Command greater military authorities in March, allowing it to go on the offensive against the group.