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U.S. military carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden

By Reuters 20 July 2021
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epa08089737 (FILE) - Palestinians inspect two craters at the destroyed house of Islamic Jihad rocket chief Rasmi Abu Malhous family after Israeli air srike in Deir al-Balah town in central Gaza Strip, 14 November 2019 (reissued 25 December 2019). Israel's Army on 25 December 2019 said the air raid on the home of Rasmi Abu Malhous was mistakenly conducted. Nine members of the same family were killed in the strike. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, the first strike in the country since President Joe Biden came into office.

Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab is seeking to topple the government and establish its own rule in Somalia based on its own strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the strike took place near Galkayo, Somalia.

While the United States has frequently carried out air strikes in Somalia against al Shaabab, this was the first since Jan. 20 when Biden took office.

The group’s campaign of bombings and gun attacks has targeted Somali military bases and civilian infrastructure including hotels, bars and schools in both Somalia and other regional countries. (Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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