US forces in Somalia carried out a self-defense strike against militants in the country, killing six of them.
The operation, which took place on Friday, was carried out in support of Somalia's government against the al-Shabaab terrorist group. According to AFRICOM, none of the civilians were killed or injured during the operation.
The US' involvement in Somalia started to decline after Donald Trump, who was the president at the time, ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from the country in 2020. This led to a small number of American forces supporting the government's efforts against the al-Qaeda terrorist group. In May, Joe Biden, the then-vice president, deployed additional troops to the country.
A similar operation was carried out last month in Syria. According to Reuters, the U.S. carried out an airstrike in September, which killed 27 militants. The objective of these actions is to support Somalia's efforts in disrupting terrorist activities. AFRICOM noted that these actions are part of the country's efforts to prevent attacks from happening within its borders.
The US considers al-Shabaab to be the biggest and most deadly terrorist group in the world. It has demonstrated its capabilities to carry out attacks against both East African and American civilians.
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