US airstrikes kill at least 22 Somali soldiers

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US airstrikes kill at least 22 Somali soldiers

AlMasdarNews reports: US forces have killed 22 Somali troops in what tops off a deadly month of US airstrikes that have killed at least 80 Syrian soldiers in Deir Ezzor and 8 Afghan policemen.

On Wednesday, Galmudug states Security Minister Osman Issa announced that his soldiers were killed in the airstrike, adding that the attack was launched on a request of from the rival neighboring region of Puntland on the pretext that the targets were al-Shabab militants, according to PressTV.

“Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed,” he said.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said that nine al-Shabaab militants were killed in the attack.

He then went onto suggest that the accusations were false.

“We will look at the reports to see if they are credible and if they are credible we’ll investigate them,” he said.

A Puntland police source told reporters that over a dozen militants were killed in the attack, despite al-Shabaab denying this claim as they said they had no fighters in the region at the time of attack.

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