62 Al-Shabab Fighters in Somalia Killed in Two Days of Airstrikes, U.S. Military Says

The U.S. military announced Monday that it carried out six airstrikes over the weekend against the extremist group al-Shabab in a coastal region south of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing 62 fighters.

It said there were no collateral civilian casualties.

The strikes bring the total in 2018 to 46, higher than last year’s 31, which was a record.

The Trump administration has loosened the U.S. military’s rules of engagement, allowing it to seek out militants and preemptively strike them, leading to more frequent air raids. More than 300 al-Shabab fighters have been killed in this year’s strikes.

All six airstrikes were “conducted to prevent al-Shabab from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire, and recruit for future attacks,” the military’s statement said.

A strike in October killed 60 fighters, and another in November 2017 killed about 100.

The Washington Post