Latest reports from Pentagon claim that the U.S. carried out two successful airstrikes in Somalia on Monday and Tuesday this week, killing at least 12 Al-Shabaab militants.

Speaking to journalists in Washington on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis confirmed the report saying the US government acted in “self-defense” following an “imminent threat” against American troops in Somalia.

“The two assaults were carried out by drones and US aircraft, and targeted an Al-Shabaab camp on the northern side of Kismayo town,” said the US defense official. He further confirmed that the attacks, which involved several precision-guided bombs, only targeted the militia’s home turf, thus preventing civilian casualties.

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