15 Alleged Somali Terrorists Killed In U.S. Airstrikes

15 al-Shabab fighters were killed by airstrikes carried out by American forces in Somalia’s Hirshabelle State, the U.S. military announced today.

U.S. military officials in Africa announced Sunday that two airstrikes were carried out in “collective self-defense,” the first on Dec. 14 and the second on Dec. 17.

The strikes were requested by the Federal Government of Somalia to support the Somali National Army, with the first strike killing seven militants and the second killing eight al-Shabab soldiers.

Neither civilians nor military personnel were injured in the strikes, according to U.S. Africa Command

To ensure security, specific details about the units involved and assets used will not be released, according to a statement from the U.S. Africa Command.

Over the last few months, al-Shabab has claimed credit for a series of terrorist attacks in Somalia, while Somali government forces and local militias have responded with numerous operations.

U.S. and other governments have provided air support to Somali government forces in recent months, increasing pressure on the group. Al-Shabab leader Abdullahi Nadir was killed in an airstrike carried out by U.S. forces in October. Pentagon officials announced that they had struck al-Shabab units near Buulobarde, killing two of them in the airstrike later that month.

“Al-Shabab is the largest and most kinetically active al Qaeda network in the world and has proved both its will and capability to attack U.S. forces and threaten U.S. security interests,” the United States Africa Command said after the strike that killed Nadir.

In the meantime, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has vowed to wage a “total war” against al-Shabab.