U.S. drones last week targeted and wounded two leaders of al-Shabab, a Somalian Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaeda, the Washington Post reports. That makes Somalia the sixth predominantly Muslim country in which the U.S. has used drones.
Al-Shabab has been fighting the Somalian government since 2006. The U.S. accuses it of working with al-Qaeda to plan attacks outside Somalian territory. It is blamed for an attack in Uganda last summer that killed 76 people, including one American.
The Obama administration has sharply increased the use of military drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. is also using them against Qaeda-affiliated militants in Yemen and the Qaddafi regime in Libya.
Although the American military has executed previous special forces operations in Somalia in the last few years, this is reportedly the first time drones have been used in that country.
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