Somali military says 40 Al-Shabaab fighters killed with U.S. help

The Somali military said on Sunday it had killed around 40 fighters and commanders of the Islamist terrorist militia Al-Shabaab.

The United States supported the Somalis with three air strikes during fighting in the south of the country near the border with Kenya, the U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said.

According to AFRICOM, 10 Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in the strike, and there were no civilian casualties.

The U.S. supports Somalia in the fight against Islamists with drones and other assistance. 

The country on the Horn of Africa, with about 16 million inhabitants, has been rocked for years by attacks and other acts of violence, especially by Al-Shabaab.

For several months, the government in Mogadishu has been advancing against the terrorist group with a military offensive.

But the militia is increasingly attacking government bases and foreign troops.

African Union peacekeepers stationed in the country are preparing to withdraw by the end of 2024 and have handed over six military bases to the Somali army. 


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