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US CONDUCTS STRIKE OPERATION AGAINST AL-SHABAAB IN SOMALIA — PENTAGON

The US Air Force on Sunday conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab militia in Somalia, the Defense Department announced.

The operation, which took place around 2 a.m. approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu, was conducted in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces, the announcement said.

"This strike was conducted with the authorities approved by the President in March 2017, which allows the US Department of Defense to conduct legal action against al-Shabaab within a geographically defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia," the statement said.

"We remain committed to working with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab, and help achieve stability and security throughout the region," it said.

Source: NAM News Network