MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United States military
conducted three airstrikes against Islamist militant
group, Al-Shabaab, in Somalia early Wednesday, killing
Africa Command (Africom) said the precision strikes took
place at 2:15 a.m. (23:00 GMT) in southern Somalia,
about 260 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu.
States conducted this operation within the parameters of
the authorities granted by the President in March 2017,
which allows U.S. forces to conduct lethal action
against Al-Shabaab within a geographically-defined area
in support of partner forces in Somalia,” Africom said
in a statement.
new authorization was granted, the U.S. military could
only carry out defensive airstrikes against Al-Shabaab
in situations where Somali troops and their U.S.
advisers came under fire.
has been an Al-Qaida affiliate since 2012. It has been
designated as a terrorist organization by a number of
nations, including the United States and Britain.
Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaida and is
dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorist attacks
throughout the world.
has publicly committed to planning and conducting
attacks against the United States and our partners in
the region,” it said.
U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and
appropriate measures to protect Americans and disable
includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National
Security Forces (SNSF); targeting terrorists, their
training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the
region and around the world,” the military said.