The Pentagon reported Monday, March 7, 2016, that the United States military launched an attack in Somalia. It was believed that Al-Shabaab was an imminent threat against peacekeeping forces in Somalia. The Pentagon believes 150 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the strike.
The air-strike involved manned aircraft and drones, which actually took place on Saturday, March 5. Captain Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said the strike focused on a training site called, “Raso Camp,” north of Mogadishu.
U.S. Special Operations has been observing this camp for several weeks. Raso Camp had 200 fighters, including Al-Shabaab trainers on site and in military formation when the strike occurred.
According to military intelligence, the camp had been training for some time, and it was believed they were in the final stages in the preparation of a “large-scale attack.” Another Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, stated the airstrike was in defense of the “African Union Mission” in Somalia. The fighters preparing to leave Raso Camp were an imminent threat to that mission.
The military did not specify where the U.S. believed the large-scale attack was going to happen. There is a U.S. military presences at the Mogadishu airport, and a number of small U.S. Special Operations groups in several locations throughout the county. This presence is well-known.
By Jeanette Smith
CNN: U.S. claims to have killed 150 fighters from Al-Shabaab in Somalia
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