Over a dozen Al-Shabab fighters killed in US airstrike
American troops were sent back to Somalia in May after Biden signed an executive order to boost the war on Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The US military carried out a drone strike in Somalia on Sunday near the coastal town of Kismayo, which is under Jubaland state in response to an Al-Shabaab attack.
The US Africa Command [AFRICOM] said the air raid killed two members of the group, in the first operation in the Horn of Africa country since Biden sent Special Operations troops back there in May.
AFRICOM added that it conducted the strike after Al-Shabaab attacked partner Somali forces in a remote location near Libikus in the Lower Jubba region, where the terrorist have several bases.
The Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command take great measures to prevent civilian casualties. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population," said AFRICOM.
American troops were sent back to Somalia in May this year after US President Joe Biden signed an executive order to resume the war on Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Al-Shabaab lost its highest leaders and top commanders in the drone strikes by the US military in 2009. The group controls large ground in south and central Somalia, facing Somali and AU troops.
The US troops were pulled out of the country by Trump shortly before he left the White House in January last year after losing in the 2020 election that was won by Biden from the democratic party.
Al-Shabaab continues to pose a threat to the country's security and entire East Africa as the group raids Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.