U.S. military confirmed of conducting successful drone hell fire strikes targeting on Al-Shabaab insurgents’ military base in southern Somalia.
This is the first strike since U.S. President Trump relaxed targeting rules for counterterrorism operations on Somalia in March.
The drone strike targeted a military command and logistic Al-Shabaab that has been under U.S. radar for about two and half months.
President Trump cleared the way for offensive strikes in Somalia, a chaotic nation in the Horn of Africa, without a specific self-defense rationale.
According to U.S. military source, one armed Reaper drone flying from a secretive air base in Djibouti, dropped multiple Hellfire missiles on the Shabab camp at around 2:20 a.m. Eastern time about 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu, the capital, killing at least eight (8) militants.
The raid comes following recent attacks on Somali forces according to Dana W. White, the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman.