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Pentagon Says It Attacked al-Shabab in First U.S. Airstrike on Somalia Since August

HeadlineFeb 25, 2022

The U.S. launched an airstrike in Somalia Tuesday, its first in the country since August last year. U.S. Africa Command said the strike was carried out under the Authorization of Use for Military Force in response to an al-Shabab attack on partner forces. This comes amid a spate of deadly suicide attacks and as Somalia remains in political turmoil, once again extending parliamentary elections — that were supposed to be completed by today — to next month. Meanwhile, Save the Children has warned millions are going hungry and hundreds of thousands are being displaced as Somalia faces its worst drought in a decade.

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