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US Conducts Airstrike Against Al Shabab Militants in Somalia

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    US Conducts Airstrike Against Al Shabab Militants in Somalia
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    In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military officials say they conducted an airstrike, killing five al Shabab militants during a raid on May 12, 2016.

    The U.S. military conducted a “defensive” airstrike against al Shabab militants in southern Somalia Thursday, according to Pentagon officials, NBC News reported.

    More than a dozen al Shabab militants opened fire on U.S. military advisers and Ugandan soldiers who raided an illegal taxation checkpoint in rural Somalia. An MQ-9 Predator drone that was overhead conducted the airstrike very quickly.

    American officials did not fire on al Shabab themselves, nor were the Americans ever fired at, officials said. Five militants were killed and two more were wounded. 

    The U.S. military, which was acting in an advise and assist capacity during the raid, has about 50 personnel supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia.