US troops engage in Somalia

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US troops engage in Somalia

Kind of a slow news day today, but this is fairly interesting.  Probably most folks don't even know we are in Somalia:

U.S. troops in Somalia came under fire in two separate attacks this week, requiring U.S. Africa Command to launch two “self-defense” airstrikes and killing 13 al-Shabab militants, a defense official said.

The first attack came Sept. 26 near Kismayo, a port city in southern  Somalia, where a small team of U.S. forces was conducting operations alongside a Somali military unit. They were targeting a bomb-manufacturing network linked al-Shabab, the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia.

When al-Shabab militants attacked the U.S. and Somali troops with small-arms fire, the U.S. military “conducted a self-defense strike to neutralize the threat and in doing so killed nine enemy fighters,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. 

Another 4 were killed by a different strike, that followed sort of the same format.  Interesting that they seem to be away from Mogadishu and out in the hinterlands.

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