US airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia kills 4, Africom says

An airstrike targeting al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in Somalia killed four fighters on February 19, the U.S. military’s Africa Command said.

“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on Feb. 19, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, killing three (3) terrorists,” Africom said in a Wednesday, February 21 statement.

The command said no civilians were killed in the strike.

The strike is the latest in an increasing number of U.S. airstrikes against al-Shabaab and Abnaa ul-Calipha, Islamic State’s affiliate in Somalia.

In 2018, Africom carried out strikes on:

In 2017:

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