The United States launched an air strike on al Shabaab extremists in Somalia on Tuesday, the country’s first since President Joe Biden took office.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked insurgent group, is attempting to destabilize Somalia’s government and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
The strike took place near Galkayo, Somalia, according to the Pentagon.
While the United States has frequently carried out air strikes in Somalia against al Shaabab, this was the first since Jan. 20 when Biden took office.
The group’s campaign of bombings and gun attacks has targeted Somali military bases and civilian infrastructure including hotels, bars and schools in both Somalia and other regional countries.