United States military strike kills 60 Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

United States military strike kills 60 Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

It should be noted that the report also says about the power of inflicted air strike. The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab aims to topple Somalia's UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam.

"These sustained attacks demonstrate that Shabab retains the ability to launch conventional offensives, in addition to its terrorist attack capability", said Mr Bill Roggio, editor of FDD's Long War Journal, run by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that tracks military strikes against militant groups.

Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired Friday by two unmanned US drones.

Previous year there were 31 such attacks and 15 in 2016, according to the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, a Washington-based research institute.

The group, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, has proved tenacious and regularly carries out deadly attacks against high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints in the capital and other cities.

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The US military has carried out more than two dozen airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year against al-Shabaab.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

It also came ahead of the first anniversary Sunday of a truck bombing that left more than 500 dead in Mogadishu, the worst ever attack in Somalia blamed on Al-Shabaab. The attack was carried out as part of a joint operation with Somali forces.

Farah Abdi Warsameh/APPresident Donald Trump has ramped up airstrikes against al Shabaab in Somalia.

The Nov. 21, 2017, airstrike targeted an al Shabab training camp in southern Somalia and occurred during a time when there was an uptick in the number of airstrikes against the militant group. "The enemy attacked us with 34 explosions, but only one hit one of our convoys", Koshin said.

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