U.S. airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say

Somali Al Shebab fighters as they gathered on Feb. 13 2012 in Elasha Biyaha

A USA military airstrike in central Somalia this weekend killed 60 Al Shabab fighters, the largest airstrike targeting the al-Qaeda affiliated terror group in more than a year, officials said Tuesday.

The airstrike was launched using two unmanned drones in coordination with the Somalian government Friday near the Harardere community in Mudug province in central Somalia.

The strike took place on Friday in the vicinity of Harardhere, about 480km north-east of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, the military said in a statement on Tuesday.

AFRICOM added that "we now assess" no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the strike.

There has been no independent confirmation to the attack.

On Sept 21, Al-Shabab fighters attacked USA and Somalia troops north-west of Kismayo.

Previous year there were 31 such attacks and 15 in 2016, according to the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, a Washington-based research institute.

Marlins’ Home Run Sculpture Will Be Moved
When Miami's Marlins Park opened in 2012, the most notable-and divisive-feature was "Homer", the audacious outfield sculpture. It will still go off after every home run, as well as at 3:05 p.m. every day and after every Marlins win.

Trump denies covering for Saudis as 'Khashoggi death audio' handed to US
Over the past few days, Mr Trump has raised the possibility of " rogue killers " being behind the journalist's disappearance. She and Turkish authorities say he never emerged and he has not been heard from since.

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Meet With Trump-Loving President Of Uganda
In 2014, Museveni pushed through Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment. TMZ shared a video of the couple visiting a school in the country and handing out Yeezy sneakers to the students.

The strike came after a recent spate of attacks that Al-Shabab has conducted against Somali security forces and their United States advisers across the country. The statement gave no further details about what was targeted, and a U.S. Africa Command spokesman said it was not a camp.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA military has increased its involvement in the fight against al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaeda and the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.

Somalia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the worst extremist attack ever in Africa and one of the world's deadliest since 9/11, a truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed well over 500 people.

They have been training and fighting alongside local troops in Somalia for more than a decade, and are now buttressed by invigorated airstrike authorities under the Trump administration.

Some observers have questioned the effectiveness of air strikes by the United States and Kenya and raised concerns about civilians being killed.

According to a report by Daily Monitor, the strike took place close to where the USA forces train Somali troops in partnership with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The US says it continues to support that transfer even as some US military officials have joined AU officials and others in expressing concern that Somalia's forces are not yet ready.

Related News:

  • Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger names management return date - but where?

    Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger names management return date - but where?

    Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal , I have big experience on different levels. "I am rested, and I am ready to work again". Wenger, 68, spent 22 years in north London and there had been suggestions he would now look to retire.
    Apple's iPhone XR goes up for pre-order tomorrow starting at $749

    Apple's iPhone XR goes up for pre-order tomorrow starting at $749

    If you've been holding out for the least expensive version of Apple's new iPhones , your patience is about to pay off. Customers planning to join the Upgrade Program with their iPhone XR purchase can take advantage of this, too.
    10 things that are still illegal after pot legalization

    10 things that are still illegal after pot legalization

    Consultants in pressed black aprons served a mostly older clientele browsing varieties of dried cannabis and bottles of tinctures. Canada has become largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.
  • Burger King's New 'Nightmare King' Sandwich Is the Stuff of Halloween Dreams

    Burger King's New 'Nightmare King' Sandwich Is the Stuff of Halloween Dreams

    Another participant recalled someone in her dream turned into the burger - and that person then turned in to snake. Happy Halloween! Burger King has unveiled its new Nightmare King burger, and it's interesting , to say the least.
    UK PM meets Macron ahead of Brexit talks

    UK PM meets Macron ahead of Brexit talks

    The Prime Minister did not address the matter and instead moved to clarify what the backstop was and what it was meant to do. But even an extension will not get rid of the EU's insistence that such a backstop must be agreed to secure a deal.
    Meghan breaks royal protocol by having her PHONE out in Melbourne

    Meghan breaks royal protocol by having her PHONE out in Melbourne

    The couple had lunch at the social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane, prepared by young indigenous chefs. The secret behind Prince Harry's ring has been revealed as a smart ring that tracks his sleep and fitness.
  • Winamp Music Player Will Make Its Comeback In 2019

    Winamp Music Player Will Make Its Comeback In 2019

    Or you can get the official non-leaked version 5.8 that should come out anytime this week (most probably on the 18th). Remember, when you load sounds on your small USB key that was MP3 player, in general you're using Winamp to do it.

    Despite Trump criticism, Fed sees need for more rate hikes

    The release of the minutes comes amid growing tensions between the White House and the Fed , which is an independent agency. The display of unanimity could bolster expectations the central bank will raise rates a fourth time this year in December.
    Trump threatens military closure at US border to stop migrants

    Trump threatens military closure at US border to stop migrants

    Contra Trump, there is no basis for believing that undocumented immigrants or asylum seekers are predisposed to criminal activity. President Trump continued by saying ceasing the flow of drug and criminals into the U.S.is more important than global trade.
  • Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite adopts the best parts of the Kindle Oasis

    Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite adopts the best parts of the Kindle Oasis

    Built-in Bluetooth for Audible streaming so you can seamlessly move between listening and reading without losing your place. The "invert colours" setting featured in the Kindle Oasis is also now available in Amazon's new version of the Paperwhite.
    China Wants To Put An Artificial Moon Into Earth Orbit

    China Wants To Put An Artificial Moon Into Earth Orbit

    While it might sound implausible, Wu says the technology has been in the works for years and has now "matured" toward readiness. Another Russian attempt to launch a space mirror in 1999 fizzled before it got off the ground, according to The Guardian .
    China not manipulating currency but lacks transparency, U.S.  says

    China not manipulating currency but lacks transparency, U.S. says

    A 1-pound package that costs the USPS about $10 to deliver can be mailed from China for just $2.50, per White House numbers. Jay Timmons, the president of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in a statement that he agreed with the move.


Most liked

Luke Shaw signs new five-year deal at Manchester United
The news brings to an end a year of speculation about Shaw's future at the club, following a rumoured falling-out with Mourinho . His 56 per cent win percentage is a stark contrast to the 71 per cent win ratio during his first spell at Chelsea .

Florida child dies after contracting flu, state health officials confirm
Some people do get achy and exhausted after getting the vaccine but that's usually just the immune system mounting a response. This changes annually, which, along with waning immunity, is why it's recommended that you get a flu shot every year.

Twitter releases tweets from Russian trolls targeting Americans
Twitter yesterday released a huge cache of pictures, videos and tweets related to "potentially state-backed information operations".

NLCS Preview: Game 5 Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
Orlando Arcia flied out to left, with Chris Taylor and Bellinger almost colliding before Taylor made a sliding catch. Kershaw struck out Jesus Aguilar to end the third, the first of 13 consecutive batters that the left-hander retired.

There is life after LeBron James, says Cleveland's Kevin Love
The Cavaliers will launch their bid to reach their fifth straight NBA Finals in the team's opening game on Wednesday at Toronto. He said the Cavs ownership and management would love to make the playoffs to prove they could do it without LeBron James .

Federal Reserve policymakers in favour of ‘restrictive’ policy
Trump's criticism intensified after last week's big stock market tumble, which has been partially reversed this week. Traders of futures contracts tied to the Fed's policy rate see rates topping out at about 3 percent.

$1M Powerball ticket sold in Lexington; Saturday's jackpot grows to $430M
Excitement had already mounted earlier this week as many speculated whether the Mega Millions jackpot would hit a new record high. Winners include Ashley Eggen of Elizabethtown, who won a $1 million prize in the Mega Millions drawing on October 8.

Liam Fox pulls out of Saudi investment conference
After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for the disappearance. Khashoggi went to the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents that would allow his marriage to move forward.

Top US general 'uninjured' in Kandahar attack that killed Afghan general
The shooting in Kandahar continued a surge in violence across Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary elections Saturday. And despite charges of people being tortured or killed while in police custody, he remained a powerful US ally.

Dozens Fall Ill In Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Chicken
Almost 100 people in 29 states have become sick from antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken, the U.S. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can be more severe.

Religious hate crimes surge by 40% in 12 months
Religious-based hate crime accounted for 9 percent (8336 crimes) of recorded crimes. Currently, the common definition of a hate crime, agreed in 2007, still stands.

Fan interference nixes Altuve HR in Game 5
Betts jumped at the wall in an attempt to rob a home run, but dropped the ball when he was bumped by an Astros fan. No matter which side of the fence you're on, that call may prove to be the biggest in this series.

President Trump Suggests 'Rogue Killers' Are Responsible for Missing Saudi Journalist
Unconfirmed reports said Khashoggi was likely killed inside the compound, which was denied by Saudi officials as "baseless". Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said Saudi Arabia was stepping up moves against criticism.

Missing girl was home when parents were killed: cops
The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are helping in the search. Department of Justice statistics, Closs' case offers neither of those clues.

Sean 'Diddy' Combs & Cassie Ventura Split After Dating for Years
Cassie and Diddy met in the early 2000s and started dating a few years after she inked a contract with his Bad Boy Records label. Although they chose to keep their relationship private over the years, it is believed that they first got together around 2007.