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U.S. Conducts Airstrike Against Al-Shabaab in Central Somalia
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U.S. Conducts Airstrike Against Al-Shabaab in Central Somalia

U.S. forces on Tuesday conducted an airstrike targeting al-Shabaab fighters in the vicinity of Cammaara in Galmudug region. The U.S. Africa Command announced the joint operation with the Somali military saying it was still assessing the impact of the attack. ''A battle-damage assessment is still pending due to the ongoing engagement between al-Shabaab and Somali forces. The command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike,'' the statement from AFRICOM read. The Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command forces take great measures to prevent civilian casualties. AFRICOM pledged to continue collaborating with Somali forces to disable the threat of terrorism posed by Al-Shabaab. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population. The Federal Government of Somalia and the U.S. remain committed to fighting al-Shabaab to prevent the deaths of innocent civilians. Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to the U.S. and regional interests.

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