U.S. drone strikes in Somalia target al-Shabaab fighters

Pauline Gross
August 11, 2017

The attacks took place Thursday near the Benadir region, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement, without giving further details.

The president authorized the military to conduct offensive operations against al-Qaeda's third largest affiliate, which is seen as the most lethal terrorist group in Africa.

The mosque also is used by officials from Somalia's military tribunal, which tries Al-Shabab suspects.

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Meanwhile, Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed said Thursday that he had authorized a coordinated strike with global partners that killed a high-level al-Shabab leader who was behind Mogadishu bombings and assassinations.

At least 19 militants were killed in fierce fighting between Al-Shabaab fighters and president Mohamed Hassan Fiqi backed loyalists of the former group's leader Mukhtar Robow in Somalia's southwestern region of Bakool.

The president gave the US military authority to target al-Shabab in a designated area of Somalia south of Mogadishu with prior notification to the Somali government. The first airstrike occurred in June, with two others following in July, including one on July 31 that killed Ali Jabal, a senior al-Shabab leader who was alleged to have planned terror attacks in Mogadishu.

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