Channels

US says drone strike in Somalia kills 'several militants'
A US drone strike killed "several militants" with al-Shabab in Somalia, the military said, as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

 

The strike was carried out Thursday afternoon in the Bay Region, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of the capital, Mogadishu, according
to a statement by the US Africa Command. A spokeswoman told The Associated Press that no civilians were anywhere near the strike.

 

The US military says it has carried out 22 airstrikes this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab and the smaller Islamic State group presence in Somalia after the Trump administration approved expanded military efforts.

 

The US says the latest airstrike, like others, occurred in cooperation with Somalia's government.