US air raid kills 3 Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The US military says it has carried out a drone strike against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in central Somalia, leaving 3 militants dead.

The US Africa Command said the strike was carried out near Harardhere town, killing at least 3 Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters.

“We currently assess the airstrike killed 3 (three) al-Shabaab militants”, said a statement by US Africa commando.

The precision airstrike was conducted in coordination with and in support of the Federal Government of Somalia, according to the Africom.

The US says it would continue to degrade al-Shabaab.

“The airstrikes can reduce al-Shabaab’s ability to plot future attacks, disrupt its leadership networks, and degrade its freedom of maneuver within the region”, the US Africa commando said.

The US has carried out more nearly 30 air raids this year against al-Shabab.

US military involvement in Somalia has grown since President Donald Trump early in his term approved expanded operations against al-Shabaab.

And in June, one American commando was killed and four US troops wounded in an “enemy attack” as Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire in Jubaland.

The US currently has about 500 military personnel in the Horn of Africa nation.

Al-Shabab was pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in recent years but continues to control rural areas in the south and central regions.

The al-Qaeda-linked group is fighting to overthrow the UN-backed government and has been carrying our bomb and gun attacks for more than a decade.