Somalia: U.S. Airstrike targets Al-Shabaab base
KISMAYO, Somalia - The US military conducted an airstrike Monday targeting Al-Shabaab in Somalia, a strike that took place after the terror group's fighters assaulted a base where a US soldier was killed last month.
"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants approximately 50 kilometers north of Kismayo, Somalia," Maj. Karl Wiest, a spokesman for US Africa Command, told CNN.
Wiest said the US was still assessing the results of the strike.
The last US airstrike in Somalia occurred on June 2.
The strike took place the same day that fighters of Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate, attacked -- and, according to some accounts, briefly occupied -- a combat outpost that had been previously established by a combined force of some 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops, including dozens of American military advisers.
Monday's strike targeted Al-Shabaab militants who were observed moving tactically and carrying a variety of weaponry in an area near the attack on the outpost, according to Africa Command.
The outpost is located in Jubaland, Somalia, about 350 kilometers southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.