US launches its first attack in Somalia under Biden’s leadership.
The United States has launched an attack on al-Shabab extremists in Galkayo, northern Somalia.
Tuesday’s attack was President Joe Biden’s first since taking office.
The US has been assisting the Somali army, which was under attack by extremists, according to Defense Department spokeswoman Cindi King.
Although an evaluation of the damage was still underway, she said initial reports indicated that no people had been wounded.
President Biden has scaled back his administration’s use of drone strikes.
During his predecessor Donald Trump’s term, he escalated airstrikes in Somalia. Just before he left office, he ordered the withdrawal of 700 special soldiers stationed in Somalia.
Al-Shabab controls a large portion of southern and central Somalia and frequently assaults the UN-backed government.
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