US conducted pair of strikes against IS in Somalia

Vastavam web: The US has conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said.The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed “several terrorists,” the US military’s Africa Command said in a statement yesterday.AFRICOM spokesman Lieutenant Commander Anthony Falvo said no civilians were in the vicinity of the strikes.
“They struck their intended targets,” he told AFP, noting these were the first anti-IS air strikes in Somalia.The first strike occurred around midnight Somalia time (0300 GMT) with the second strike coming at about 11:00 am (1400 GMT).In recent months, the US has repeatedly hit Somali jihadists from the Shabaab rebel group that is aligned with Al-Qaeda, but yesterday’s development marks a significant step in the ever-evolving war against IS.The militants are led by former Shabaab cleric Abdiqadir Mumin, who switched allegiance from Al-Qaeda to IS in October 2015 and was named a “global terrorist” by the US State Department in August.