US Strikes Al-Shabab in Somalia

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    U.S. Conducts Airstrike Against Terrorist Camp in Somalia

    WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 — The U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of its African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, partners, yesterday conducted an airstrike in Somalia against Raso Camp, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement released today.

    The camp is a training facility of al-Shabaab, which is a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, Cook said. The strike was conducted using manned and unmanned aircraft, he said, and the fighters who were scheduled to depart the camp posed an imminent threat to U.S. and AMISOM forces.

    “The removal of these fighters degrades al-Shabaab's ability to meet the group's objectives in Somalia, including recruiting new members, establishing bases and planning attacks on U.S. and AMISOM forces,” Cook said.

    The results of the operation are under assessment, he said, and additional information will be provided, when appropriate, as it is available.
    http://www.defense.gov/News-Article...s-airstrike-against-terrorist-camp-in-somalia

    U.S. claims to have killed 150 fighters from Al-Shabaab in Somalia

    The strike took place Saturday, 120 miles north of Mogadishu at a training site called "Raso Camp," according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

    The camp had been under observation by U.S. Special Operations forces for several weeks, Davis said. The camp had about 200 fighters on site including Al-Shabaab trainers.

    Separately, a U.S. official told CNN that the Al-Shabaab fighters were standing outside in military formation when the strike occurred.

    Intelligence indicated the group was training for some time and was in the final stages of getting ready to conduct a "large-scale attack," Davis said.

    Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement that the attack was taken in defense of "our African Union Mission" in Somalia and that "The fighters who were scheduled to depart the camp posed an imminent threat" to the mission.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/politics/somalia-us-claims-to-have-killed-150-fighters/
     
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    UCAV's are extreme guerrilla-insurgent group hunters, they are always in the air and have low operating costs.

    I never understood why terrorists always get in large groups and hold meetings or whatever, don't they know that they can easily get blown away?
     
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    Dont you guys find this odd?
    Action in Somalia but no action in Syria?
    Much could have been prevented,many lives saved.:0-:
     
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