12 June, 2017
The US military said Sunday that it had carried out a drone strike in southern Somalia against al-Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group - apparently the first such strike since President Trump relaxed targeting rules for counterterrorism operations in that country in March.
On Thursday, Al-Shabaab killed 59 people in an attack on a military base in the semi-autonomous Puntland region in northern Somalia.
United States and Somali forces carried out a joint attack against an al-Shabab command post on Sunday, destroying one of the jihadi group's primary training and command centers.
US forces, in cooperation with the Government of Somalia, are conducting operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America.
Kyle Milliken, a 38-year-old Navy SEAL, was killed and two other Americans were injured 40 miles west of Mogadishu last month in a firefight with al-Shabab.
Farmajo described the raid which took place near Sakow as a "successful strike" and destroyed a key Al-Shabaab command and supply hub.
There was no response from al-Shabaab.
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"Earlier today, I authorized our special forces with the support of our global partners to conduct a strike against an al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow", read a statement from Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi.
The terrorist organization once controlled the capital Mogadishu, but was pushed out in 2011.
A USA official stressed in March that the US military will not be able to make unilateral decisions for airstrikes.
Karate was a commander involved in training the Amniyat, the wing of al-Shabaab that carried out the attack on Garissa University College. He is a dual US-Somali citizen who has embarked on a series of aggressive military reforms.
There have not been any reports of U.S. casualties.
Somalia's president said the country's army was in "hot pursuit" of the fighters after the attack.