first published on March 8, 2016 by Will
The U.S. has targeted and destroyed over 150 radical Islamist militants in a single round of airstrikes in Somalia.
U.S. intelligence assets discovered that al Shabaab, a militant group once fully aligned with al Qaeda, but now being courted by ISIS as well, was in the final stages of a large-scale planned attack on American military units in the region. The U.S. executed a preeminent attack on a jihadi training camp about 120 miles north of Mogadishu.
The sorties were conducted with both manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and estimates of enemy casualties are believed to surpass 150, making it the most deadly U.S. airstrike ever to occur in Somalia.
Al Shabaab was pushed out of the main cities by African Union forces back in 2011, but still remain a very real threat to eastern African security. In 2013, Shabaab militants carried out a savage terror attack on unarmed civilians at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67 people, most of which were women and small children.