U.S. Airstrikes Kill At Least 150 Militants In Somalia, U.S. Military Says

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The U.S. military has hit an Al-Shabab training camp in Somalia using both drones and manned aircraft, killing at least 150 of the al-Qaida fighters, the Pentagon says.

“A Pentagon spokesman, Capt. Jeff Davis, [who provided the casualty figure] says U.S. intelligence indicated that Al-Shabab was preparing for what he called a ‘large scale attack’ on American and Somali troops, stated nytimes.com.

“Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu four years ago by African Union peacekeeping troops but still remains a threat. Last month dozens of Kenyan troops were killed when Al-Shabab attacked an African Union base in southwest Somalia.”

Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdusalam Omer told Reuters that “the Somali intelligence agency has provided information about the camp to the U.S. in the runup to the attack.”

The Associated Press reports that the White House says it plans to disclose records of civilian and militant deaths as a result of drone strikes since the time President Obama took office “in the comingweeks”

The Shabab fighters were standing in formation at a facility the Pentagon called Camp Raso, 120 miles north of Mogadishu, when the American warplanes struck on Saturday, officials said, acting on information gleaned from intelligence sources in the area and from American spy planes. One intelligence agency assessed that the toll might have been higher had the strike happened earlier in the ceremony. Apparently, some fighters were filtering away from the event when the bombing began stated nytimes.com.