Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Turkish Airport Blasts

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

France indicted for support of ex-Chad dictator Hissene Habre

Read more

THE DEBATE

The big breakup: The EU after Brexit

Read more

FOCUS

France struggling to recruit prison imams

Read more

ENCORE!

Brazil’s contemporary art star Vik Muniz comes to Paris

Read more

FASHION

Men's fashion for summer 2017, part 1

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Metronomy, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and Jazz

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

UK votes to leave the EU: What now? (part 2)

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Iceland: How far will they go?'

Read more

Africa

US air strikes kill scores of Al Shabaab militants in Somalia

© Abdurashid Abdulle, AFP | Fighters loyal to Somalia's al Shabaab group hold-up their arms during military drills in a village some 25 kilometres outside Mogadishu, on February 17, 2011

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-03-07

The United States has carried out an air strike in Somalia, killing more than 150 fighters with the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, following U.S. intelligence on preparations for a large-scale militant attack, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The weekend strike using both manned and unmanned drone aircraft targeted al Shabaab’s “Raso” training camp, a facility about 120 miles north of the capital Mogadishu, the Pentagon said.

The U.S. military said it had been monitoring the camp for several weeks before the strike and had gathered intelligence, including about an imminent threat posed by the trainees.

“We know they were going to be departing the camp and that they posed an imminent threat to U.S. and to Amisom, African Union mission in Somalia forces, that are in Somalia,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

Davis declined to disclose any specific information the United States might have about the group’s intended target.

The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has remained a potent antagonist in Somalia, launching frequent attacks in its bid to overthrow the Western-backed government.

The group, whose name means “The Youth,” seeks to impose its strict version of sharia law in Somalia, where it frequently unleashes attacks targeting security and government targets, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.

Al Shabaab was also behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, which both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Davis said as many as 200 fighters were believed to be training at the Raso camp at the time of the strike and expressed confidence there were no civilian casualties.

“Their removal will degrade al Shabaab’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Somalia, which include recruiting new members, establishing bases and planning attacks on U.S. and Amisom forces there,” Davis said.

No U.S. forces on the ground participated in the strike.

“It was an air operation,” Davis said.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-03-07

  • SOMALIA

    Al Shabaab take control of port town in Somalia

    Read more

  • SOMALIA

    Al Shabaab militants launch deadly restaurant attack in Somali capital Mogadishu

    Read more

  • SOMALIA

    Kenya launches search for soldiers held by al Shabaab militants

    Read more

COMMENT(S)