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U.S. airstrike kills 'several' al-Shabab militants in Somalia

U.S. forces have conducted well over a dozen airstrikes targeting al Shabab this year since U.S. President Donald Trump signed a directive in March giving the military authorization to conduct offensive counterterrorism airstrikes in Somalia against the jihadist group.

Mr. Osman claimed the attack "destroyed all explosive materials" and "technical vehicles" Shabab had stored at the site.

Africa Command, which oversees US military operations in Africa, said in a statement that the strike was conducted in coordination with the Somali government.

"U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats", the press release added.

Somalia's Information Abdirahman Yarisow confirmed that Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of foreign forces targeted a camp, where militants were regrouping to launch attacks in Gedo region.

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Another U.S. airstrike Friday killed at least 13 militants in a village about 30 kilometers north of Mogadishu, Voice of America reported.

The latest operation comes after Somalia and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on Monday launched a massive security operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants in Middle Shabelle region in southern region.

Somali Federal Government special forces have conducted an operation in Jilib, a main Al Shabaab stronghold in Middle Jubba region, killing at least 81 militants, Garowe Online reports.

The operation comes one week after US forces conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia.

The pan African body plans to reduce its troops by 1,000 by December, followed by further cuts next year, an exercise expected to end by 2020 as part of its exit strategy. However, the main target of US airstrikes in Somalia is al Shabab.