The Pentagon has confirmed that airstrikes have left more than 150 terrorists were killed while “standing outdoors in formation” as part of an apparent “graduating class” from a terror camp.
The strike, using unmanned aircraft, targeted a terrorist training camp Rasa, approximately 120 miles outside of Mogadishu The estimated 200 terrorists at the camp were under intense surveillance as they trained for a mission officials say was targeted at US soldiers and
Intelligence officials say the fighters were in the final stages of preparing “an imminent threat against US troops and African peacekeeping troops in Mogadishu”.
“The removal of these fighters degrades al-Shabaab’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Somalia, including recruiting new members, establishing bases, and planning attacks on U.S. and AMISOM forces,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook AMISOM is the name of the African Union Mission in Somalia.
The most likely strike craft for a mission of this scale is the MQ-9 Reaper drone, with a maximum payload of 14 Hellfire missiles.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters the camp was kept under close observation for two weeks before the attack. “We struck the camp and destroyed it,” he said of the mission.