MOGADISHU, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military said on Tuesday that its special forces, in coordination with Somali government troops, killed 40 Al-Shabaab and Islamist State (IS) militants last week in a series of airstrikes in the Horn of Africa nation.
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said five airstrikes were conducted between Nov. 9 and 12, killing 36 Al-Shabaab insurgents in central and southern Somalia and four IS fighters in northeast Somalia.
One of the strikes, carried out on Nov. 9 against IS in northeast Somalia, marked the second time U.S. forces have targeted the terrorist group.
"Yesterday (Thursday) our Pentagon spokesperson, Col. Rob Manning, acknowledged more than 40 militants were killed," Africom spokesman Robyn M. Mack said.
Africom said its special forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats.
Washington has vowed to parter with the African Union Mission in Somalia and Somali National Security Forces in targeting terrorists, their training camps and safe havens throughout Somalia.