US says airstrike in Somalia killed 60 al-Shabaab fighters

The US military said Tuesday that an October 12 US "precision airstrike" near Harardhere, Somalia killed som...

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 6:56 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 6:56 PM

The US military said Tuesday that an October 12 US "precision airstrike" near Harardhere, Somalia killed some 60 al Qaeda-affiliated fighters.

"We currently assess this airstrike killed approximately 60 terrorists," US Africa Command which oversees US military operations on the continent said in a statement.

Africa

Al-Shabaab

Armed forces

Bombings

Continents and regions

Eastern Africa

Military

Military operations

Misc organizations

North America

Somalia

The Americas

United States

Unrest, conflicts and war

War casualties

Two US defense officials told CNN the strike was carried out by an unmanned drone.

The statement added that Africa Command currently assesses that no civilians were killed or injured in the strike.

The strike targeted the militants associated with the group al-Shabaab, al Qaeda's largest affiliate.

Africa Command said Friday's strike "was the largest airstrike against al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017, when US forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab camp killing approximately 100 terrorists."

While the US has conducted 27 airstrikes against al-Shabaab in 2018, though usually the strikes target small groups of militants.

A "collective self-defense" strike on Sunday killed four al-Shabaab fighters after a US-backed local partner force came under attack near Araara, Somalia.

In March of 2017, President Donald Trump authorized the US military to carry out precision strikes targeting al-Shabaab in an effort to bolster the Federal Government of Somalia.

Prior to that the US military was only authorized to carry out airstrikes in self-defense of advisers on the ground.

The US has some 500 troops in Somalia, primarily in advisory roles.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 401029

Reported Deaths: 32343
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21871023278
Nassau422672190
Suffolk419871993
Westchester352601433
Rockland13700670
Orange10830484
Erie7711644
Dutchess4269152
Monroe4153277
Onondaga3100190
Albany2208121
Ulster185586
Oneida1818104
Sullivan146448
Putnam136163
Niagara133494
Schenectady85637
Broome80760
Saratoga59517
Rensselaer59330
Columbia48537
Madison37417
Ontario29633
Orleans28754
Steuben27441
Warren27433
Fulton26524
Greene26518
Washington24914
Genesee2475
St. Lawrence2302
Oswego2193
Wayne2033
Herkimer1884
Tompkins1830
Chautauqua1707
Chenango1666
Tioga16024
Chemung1482
Livingston1458
Cattaraugus1386
Montgomery1304
Cayuga1262
Clinton1084
Wyoming1015
Jefferson950
Delaware914
Otsego885
Seneca740
Allegany661
Schoharie620
Cortland580
Essex510
Yates486
Franklin350
Lewis310
Schuyler150
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
Utica
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 83°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 80°
Herkimer
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 83°
Thendara
Broken Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 83°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left