“A little bit after 9 a.m. eastern time [Jan. 31] U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a strike south of Mogadishu using unmanned aircraft and several hellfire missiles,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. “This operation was a direct strike against the al-Shabab network and the terrorist group’s chief of external operations and planning for intelligence and security... We are still assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information when and if appropriate.”
Kirby said the strike demonstrates the reach of the US government and its commitment to fighting terrorism.
Kirby said the strike was conducted in coordination with the government of Somalia and said it did not require putting American troops on the ground. He added there were no known civilian casualties as a result of the strike.