U.S. self-defense strike in Somalia

On Aug. 30, 2016, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia near Gobanale, Somalia.



United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany Sep 07, 2016
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On Aug. 30, 2016, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-associated terrorist group, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia near Gobanale, Somalia. The strike resulted in the death of two (2) al-Shabaab militants.

During a Somali-led counterterrorism operation, multiple armed al-Shabaab fighters approached the force, threatening their safety and security.  In response, U.S. forces conducted the self-defense action.

The U.S. remains committed to our partners in eliminating terrorism and advancing security in the region.  Violent extremists endanger the safety and stability of the Somali people; countering these threats remains in our common interests.

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