U.S. airstrike kills more than 100 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

American warplanes leveled an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia Tuesday, killing more than 100 fighters according to a statement from AFRICOM.

The strike followed a number of earlier airstrikes in recent days against Islamic State fighters in Libya, all part of U.S. and allied forces’ increased offensives across the continent to prevent the further expansion of terrorist organizations there.

“The U.S. will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats,” U.S. Africa Command said in a statement describing the Somalia airstrike.

The strike was the largest against a Somali-based group since 2016.

“The Libya strikes, which took place from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19, killed approximately 20 ISIS fighters, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity.” [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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