27 al-Shabaab militants killed in US strike in Somalia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe US military said on Monday it had killed 27 Islamist fighters from the Somali al-Shabaab as part of a crackdown on jihadists.

In a statement, the US military said it had launched a strike on Somaliland, a declared, one-sided republic about 40 kilometers northwest of the port of Bosaso, north of the capital.

The army confirmed no civilian deaths.

“US forces will continue to take all legitimate and appropriate measures to protect American citizens and eliminate terrorist threats,” the US military said.

The US strike is the second in three days and the twelfth in 2018 against al Shabaab, which has been seeking since 2007 to topple the successive Somali governments backed by the international community.

The movement often attacks cars or truck bombs against military and government targets or against civilians.

Militants were expelled from the capital in August 2011, then routed to the point where they lost most of their strongholds, but they still control vast rural areas where guerrilla warfare, suicide bombings targeting Mogadishu and Somali or foreign military bases are under way.

And “Somaliland” a republic declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and not recognized.