The US military has carried out an airstrike against extremist group al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The latest operation, which occurred 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu, was conducted by the US in collaboration with the Federal Government of Somalia.

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has estimated that more than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed in the strike.

Al-Shabaab has committed to supporting al-Qaeda in committing terrorist attacks throughout the world.

It has also publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and its partners in the region, AFRICOM stated.

In March, US President Donald Trump authorised the Department of Defense to provide additional precision fires in support of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

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“The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has estimated that more than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed in the strike.”

The AMISOM is a regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union in Somalia, with the approval of the United Nations (UN).

The US will partner with the AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats.

It will target terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.

The US also conducted two precision airstrikes against ISIS militants in Libya on 17 and 19 November.

The US supports Libyan counterparts’ efforts to counter terror threats and defeat ISIS, by degrading, disrupting, and destroying terrorist organisations.