BREAKING: US Carries Out Airstrike, First in Somalia Since Biden Took Office

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The US military carried out an airstrike against terrorist militants in Somalia.

This is reportedly the first strike in the country since President Biden took office in January.

NY Post reported that the airstrike targeted al Shabaab fighters in the city of Galkayo. Al Shabaab is linked to al Qaeda, the Pentagon says.

Osama bin Laden founded al Qaeda and al Shabaab has been trying for years to overthrow Somalia’s government and gain control.

It’s unclear if anyone was killed or wounded in the strike…

The US frequently targets members of the organization in airstrikes, but Tuesday’s operation was the first one since Biden had been sworn into office in January.

Al Shabaab is responsible for a number of high-profile bombings and other attacks in Somalia, most recently carrying out a suicide bombing earlier this month that killed nine people in the Mogadishu, the country’s capital.

In that bombing, an al Shabaab militant targeted police commissioner Farhan Mohamud by setting off an explosion after driving up next to a government convoy in a vehicle loaded with explosives at a busy intersection.

Mohamud survived the blast, but nine other people were killed.