US forces conduct air strike in Somalia

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After receiving expanded powers from President Trump earlier this year, US military commanders in Africa conducted an airstrike early Sunday at an al-Shabaab target.

Africa Command (Africom) spokesperson Patrick Barnes said that the “kinetic strike operation” was carried out at roughly 7:30AM Sunday but didn’t give details about the desired target, according to The Hill.

“We are currently assessing the results of the operation, and will provide additional information as appropriate,” Barnes said. “U.S. forces remain committed to supporting the Federal Government of Somalia, the Somali National Army and our [African Union Mission in Somalia] partners in defeating al-Shabaab and establishing a safe and secure environment in Somalia.”

The airstrike follows President Trump’s granting of a request by Africom leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser for more authority to conduct airstrikes and raids against al-Shabaab without interagency reviews.

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