US tackles al-Shabaab in Somalia

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IOL pic sep2 United States Somalia al-shabaab marching troops Associated Press Newly trained al-Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area, south of Mogadishu, Somalia. File picture: Farah Abdi Warsameh

Washington - US military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, a US Department of Defence spokesman said.

“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

No further details about the operation in the East African country were immediately available.

Al-Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaeda that wants to impose its own strict version of Islam in Somalia. It ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011, when African peacekeeping troops marched into the capital, Mogadishu.

African and Somali forces have regained several towns this year, but rebels still hold other centres and tracts of countryside. - Reuters


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