U.S. forces supporting the Federal Government of Somalia, provided defensive fires to protect U.S. troops from imminent threats posed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
On June 21, 2016, in southern Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab, killing three. The operation was conducted after it was assessed the terrorists were planning and preparing to conduct an imminent attack against U.S. forces.
U.S. forces are working closely with partner forces to combat al-Shabaab in Somalia. Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and continues to use its safe havens throughout Somalia to plot attacks against U.S. citizens and interests in East Africa, as well as against our international partners in the region.
The U.S. is committed to supporting Somali and regional forces as they combat al-Shabaab and work to bring stability to the region.