Heavy Shabaab casualties as US steps up drone attacks

What you need to know:

  • US forces “conducted a series of strikes against Al-Shabaab” during the past week, a spokesman for the US Africa Command said on Friday in an email message.
  • Kenya has mounted an unprecedented security operation in Nairobi, in cooperation with the US Secret Service and other agencies, to guard against a Shabaab attack during Mr Obama’s visit.
  • The strikes near Baraawe were ordered after US surveillance drones spotted large numbers of Shabaab fighters gathering in the area, the newspaper reported.

The United States has stepped up its military operations inside Somalia as President Barack Obama tours Eastern Africa on a four-day visit.

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