first published on September 14, 2018 by Will
American troops came under attack by al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Thursday and responded with airstrikes that killed two militants and wounded a third.
According to reports, US troops and partner forces were carrying out offensive operations against the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgent group approximately 40 miles from Mogadishu when they were counter-attacked by the Islamists.
The Western troops called in an airstrike on the insurgent position, which resulted in the death of two enemy fighters and wounded another.
This year has seen an escalation in overt operations by US forces in Somalia, and there have been at least 20 American airstrikes conducted inside the nation in 2018.
Earlier this year, Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, was killed and another four US troops were wounded by indirect fire in the southern Jubaland area.
The following video is from a heavily-biased source but gives an accurate analysis of AFRICOM and the United States’ military expansion of force and influence into the African continent.