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US airstrikes destroys Al-Shabaab base

MOGADISHU (SD) – US military on Wednesday destroyed al-Shabaab base in an airstrike ahead of US troop exit from Somalia on January 20.

In a statement, U.S. Africa Command known Africom said US military in coordination with Somali government, conducted one airstrike in the vicinity of Buulo Fulaay in Bay region of Southwest state.

“This strike in Buulo Fulaay combined with recent strikes, shows our resolve and degrades al-Shabaab’s ability to threaten Somalia and its neighbors,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Joint Task Force – Quartz commander. “Side by side with our partners, we plan to leave no safe place for al-Shabaab to hide.”

The mission further stated that the initial assessments indicate the strike killed one al-Shabaab personnel and destroyed one compound.

According to the statement, the command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this operation.

The outgoing Donald Trump administration had ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia last November.

Pentagon said the troops would be based in neighboring Kenya and Djibouti.

The US maintains about 800 troops in Somalia who have been training the Danab elite squad and supporting Somali forces on ground operations against the militant group Al-Shabaab.

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