Somalia: US kills nearly 50 suspected terrorists in quiet war in Somalia

Al Shabab fighters train outside Mogadishu in 2011. The U.S. has increased operations against the group, bombing a militant training camp in March. The Pentagon said the strike killed over 150 militants. MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The U.S. military says it has killed 49 members of the militant group al Shabaab in three separate airstrikes over the past 12 days in Somalia.

The latest strike was conducted Saturday southwest of Bosasso, Somalia, in which 27 suspected terrorists were killed, according to the U.S. Africa Command.

Two other strikes southwest of the capital Mogadishu on May 23 and May 31 resulted in a total of 22 deaths, the U.S. said.
Africa Command does not release the type of aircraft used in the precision strikes, but Pentagon sources say most airstrikes in Somalia are carried out by American drones.
In all three recent strikes, the U.S. says it believes no civilians were killed.

The strikes were carried out in coordination with the government of Somalia, and are part of its counterterrorism campaign targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their havens throughout Somalia and the region.

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