US carries out first drone airstrike against Al-Qaeda affiliated Somali militant group Al-Shabaab under new powers approved by President Trump

The US has carried out its first airstrike against Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia, under new authorities granted by Donald Trump.

In March Trump ended Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes in Somalia, after the army said doing so would help protect US bases and interests in the reason.

On Sunday a US drone attacked an Al-Shabaab supply center in conjunction with Somali special forces, destroying the base and killing eight militants, the Pentagon said.

A joint US-Somali attack on the forces of Al-Qaeda allies Al-Shabaab in Somalia has killed eight militants and destroyed a key command and supply hub, sources in both governments said             +3

A joint US-Somali attack on the forces of Al-Qaeda allies Al-Shabaab in Somalia has killed eight militants and destroyed a key command and supply hub, sources in both governments said

In March Donald Trump repealed Obama-era restrictions on drone bombings in Somalia

The country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi (pictured), said the attack would disrupt the militants

In March Donald Trump repealed Obama-era restrictions on drone bombings in Somalia. The country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi (right), said the attack would disrupt the militants

The targeted base – located 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu – was one of the group’s main training and command posts, the Pentagon said.

The attack came in response to attacks within the country by the militants.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the US attack was made using a drone.

The base was in the Middle Juba region in southern Somalia, said the office of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi.

‘Earlier today, I authorised our special forces with the support of our international partners to conduct a strike against an Al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow,’ he said.

‘This was a successful strike that destroyed a key Al-Shabaab command and supply hub.

‘This will ultimately disrupt the enemy’s ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia.’

There was no immediate comment from al Shabaab.

Source: Daliy Mail

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