June. 12: The United States Department of Defense announced that USA has officially conducted its first operation against the al-Shabaab terror group, which is allied to al-Qaeda in Somalia on Sunday.
Africom, which has in the past conducted counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group in Somalia said the Sunday airstrikes targeted the militants who are operating an Al-Shabaab command and logistics node at a camp southwest of Mogadishu in a stronghold for the Al-Qaida-affiliated Al-Shabaab organization.
The news comes hours after the US military confirmed a dawn strike on Sunday in southern Somalia, killing eight al-Shabab militants.
In May, a US service member was killed during an operation conducted against al-Shabaab while supporting the Somali National Army.
"This was a successful strike which destroyed a key al-Shabaab command and supply hub".
Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled Washington's willingness to consider deploying additional USA troops to Somalia should the troubled African nation seek greater military aid to combat al-Shabaab.
"We remain committed to working with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabab, and help achieve stability and security throughout the region", White said.
The U.S. military in a statement said it struck a rebel compound south of the country's capital.
Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed confirmed the air strike, saying that Somali and partner forces destroyed an al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow, in the Middle Jubaregion.
The militant group launched its own insurgency on major Somali cities in 2009, taking control of Mogadishu and southern Somalia.
A USA official stressed in March that the US military will not be able to make unilateral decisions for airstrikes. He is a dual US-Somali citizen who has embarked on a series of aggressive military reforms.
Somalia's president said the country's army was in "hot pursuit" of the fighters after the attack.