US strikes Shabaab again outside Mogadishu

US forces conducted an air strike strike 30 miles southwest of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital on Thursday. The strike killed 12 Shabaab terrorists, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release.

AFRICOM last targeted this area in early January, interdicting a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) intended for the capital.

The US has now conducted a total of 15 strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which have targeted Shabaab, AFRICOM’s Major Karl J. Wiest told FDD’s Long War Journal.

Alexandra Gutowski is the senior military affairs analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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