The U.S. has conducted two kinetic strikes against al-Shabaab militants near the Banadiir region in southern Somalia on August 10, the Department of Defense has announced.
Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing a safe haven for terrorist attacks throughout the world. Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and our allies.
The statement said that the U.S. will “continue to work in coordination with Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region.”
Specific details about the units involved and assets used were not be released in order to ensure operational security.
This strike was conducted within the parameters of the proposal approved by the President in March 2017, which allows the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct lethal action against al-Shabaab within a geographically-defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia.