U.S. says airstrike killed dozens of extremists in Somalia

Somali Government soldiers battle Al Shabaab near Beledweyne

Somali Government soldiers battle Al Shabaab near Beledweyne

The operation occurred 125 miles (200 kilometres) north-west of the capital Mogadishu, the US Africa Command said.

"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at approximately 10:30 a.m. local Somalia time, killing more than 100 militants", Efe news quoted the US African Command (Africom) as saying in a statement on Tuesday.

According to a report made by Reuters, The Donald Trump regime issued a travel advisory to all its diplomatic workers in November, ordering non-essential staff to vacate Mogadishu.

The U.S.is now transporting more troops to Somalia to advise and train Somali troops in a bid to combat radical Islamists who have long operated in the failed state.

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Al-Shabaab has publicly boasted of its alliance with al-Qaeda and has been fighting Somalia's internationally recognized government for control of the country since the militant group was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011 by African Union-led forces.

The militia's objective is to overthrow the current Somali government and enforce its own harsh interpretation of Islamic sheria.

"It's obvious from what we were seeing that these were militants", AFRICOM spokesman Lieutenant Commander Anthony Falvo told VOA.

"Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the US and our partners in the region".

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Mumin was born in Puntland and lived in Sweden before moving to the United Kingdom in the 2000s, where he was granted British citizenship.

The US is collaborating with the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) "targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia, the region and around the world", Africom said.

In response to questions about the massive October truck bombing in Somalia, a Pentagon spokesman said the U.S. has about 400 troops in Somalia and "we're not going to speculate" about sending more.

There are now more than 500 USA troops stationed in the east African country ravaged by civil war, Politico reported, the most since two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and a pilot captured in Mogadishu more than two decades ago.

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