U.S. aircraft destroyed an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia Tuesday, killing more than 100 fighters, U.S. Africa Command said.
The Somalia airstrike followed several days of separate airstrikes on Islamic State fighters in Libya as the U.S. and partnered forces increase their offensive attacks across Africa to prevent further growth of terror groups there.
“The U.S. will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats,” U.S. Africa Command said in a statement describing the Somalia airstrike.
The Somalia strike, which was the largest attack on a terror target in Somalia since 2016, took place about 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu. The Libya strikes, which took place from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19, killed approximately 20 ISIS fighters, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity.
The official would not specify what type of aircraft were involved in the strikes.
Both strikes were approved by President Donald Trump, the official said.
Tara Copp is the Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times and author of the award-winning military nonfiction "The Warbird: Three Heroes. Two Wars. One Story."