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US Conducts First Strike Against Al-Shabaab Positions in Somalia - Pentagon

© AP Photo / Farah Abdi WarsamehCivilians walk along a street in Mogadishu, Somalia. (File)
Civilians walk along a street in Mogadishu, Somalia. (File) - Sputnik International
The US has conducted the first operation against the al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia on Sunday.

Al-Shabaab fighters display weapons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia - Sputnik International
Al-Shabaab Militants Attack Somalian Military Base Killing Dozens
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States has conducted the first operation against the al-Shabaab terror group, allied to al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia) in Somalia on Sunday, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

"On June 11, at approximately 2 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Department of Defense conducted a strike operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The operation occurred approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu. The U.S. conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces," the statement read.

The department added that the operation was carried out using powers approved by the US president in March 2017 allowing the military to conduct legal action against the militants.

On Thursday, al-Shabaab attacked a military base in northern Somalia killing at least 38 and injuring another 18.

Somalia has been experiencing violence since the eruption of the civil war between the clan-based armed factions in the country in the early 1990s. Al-Shabaab has been staging numerous attacks in the country in an attempt to establish the strict Sharia law in it.

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