U.S. Carries Out Drone Strike Against Shabab Militants in Somalia
By ERIC SCHMITTJULY 3, 2017
WASHINGTON — The United States military said on Monday
that it had carried out a drone strike in Somalia against the Shabab, the Qaeda-linked insurgent group, in the second such strike since President Trump relaxed targeting rules for counterterrorism operations in that country in March.
The American military’s Africa Command described that camp as part of a broader Shabab stronghold from which the group has launched attacks, including operations
over the last nine months in which it overran three African Union bases for peacekeeping soldiers from Burundi, Kenya and Uganda, and seized military weapons.
The strike, which took place about 2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, came three months after Mr. Trump cleared the way for
offensive strikes, even without a specific self-defense rationale, in Somalia, a chaotic nation in the Horn of Africa.
In late March, Mr. Trump signed off on the Pentagon’s proposal to exempt much of Somalia from the 2013 limits, clearing
the way for the American military to carry out purely offensive strikes, and without going through interagency vetting.
American officials have said in recent weeks that the military would carry out strikes against elements of the Shabab
that plotted attacks, trained militants, stored munitions or other supplies, or other targets that supported and sustained the militancy.
The Pentagon wanted Mr. Trump to declare parts of Somalia to be an area of active hostilities, exempting it from the need to obey special targeting limits, known as the Presidential Policy Guidance,
that President Barack Obama imposed in 2013 for counterterrorism strikes outside conventional war zones.

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