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Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost

No civilians were reported killed in the U.S. drone attack, and the Pentagon described the operation as a success

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    Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost
    Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP, File
    In this May 8, 2017, file photo, security troops walk past burning cars after a fatal car bomb attack on a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. Al-Shabab, Somalia's homegrown Islamic extremist rebels who are linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the blast. Despite being ousted from most cities and towns, al-Shabab continue to carry out deadly attacks in Mogadishu and across large parts of Somalia.

    The U.S. military used the expanded authority President Donald Trump granted to the Pentagon in March to strike a terrorist outpost in Somalia on Sunday, NBC News reported.

    Together with Somali partners, the Pentagon said, the Pentagon used a drone to target a command and control and logistics hub 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu — the nation’s capital — to kill multiple fighters with al-Shabab, a terrorist organization aligned with al-Qaeda.

    The bombing was in response to al-Shabab’s recent attacks on the Somali military.

    No civilians were reported killed in the U.S. drone attack, and the Pentagon described the operation as a success.

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