U.S. self-defense strikes in Somalia

On Sept. 26, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab in Caba, near Kismayo, Somalia.



By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany Sep 27, 2016
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On Sept. 26, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-associated terrorist group, in Caba, near Kismayo, Somalia.

During a Somali-led counterterrorism operation, a group of armed al-Shabaab fighters attacked, threatening the safety and security of the Somali force and their U.S. advisors. Somali forces returned fire in self-defense, killing several militants.  However, enemy fighters continued to attack the Somali force. In response, the U.S. conducted a self-defense strike to neutralize the threat, killing four (4) enemy fighters.

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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