Several social media sites and websites, to include Xinhua news agency, have falsely reported that U.S. military assets conducted air strikes in southwest Somalia on or about April 14, 2017.
The U.S. military did not conduct any kind of kinetic action in that area during the timeframe referenced. The most recent U.S. strike in Somalia was conducted in January, 2017.
The United States routinely works with allies and partners in coordinated efforts to address regional security and stability matters. We appreciate the Federal Government of Somalia partnership and its support in our collective efforts to address security and stability in the region
An example of this cooperation is the recent start of a logistics training program. At the request of, and in close coordination with, the Federal Government of Somalia, a few dozen troops from the 101st Airborne Division will conduct various Security Cooperation and/or Security Force Assistance events in Somalia. The objective of this particular train and equip mission is to improve the logistical capacity of the Somali National Army, and the focus will be on teaching basic logistics operations, which will allow Somalia forces to better fight Al-Shabaab.