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USA drone strike kills Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia

USA drone strike kills Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia”

A Maryland man pleaded guilty Friday to federal terrorism charges in NY after he was accused of fighting on behalf of an al-Qaida-affiliated terror group in Somalia.

He then became a member of a specialized fighting force within al Shabaab known as Jaysh Ayman that carried out attacks and raids across the border in Kenya and participated in a battle against Kenyan soldiers in the Somali town of Afmadow, prosecutors said. The group seeks to run Somalia under a strict interpretation of Shariah law.

The U.S. military said on Friday it had carried out an air strike in Somalia against an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group and killed one militant, the second such strike this week in which a total of four fighters have died.

Jones was taken into custody by Somali authorities on December 7 while he was attempting to procure a boat to depart for Yemen, according to prosecutors.

Jones, who has been detained since his arrest in 2015, is scheduled to be sentenced in January, 2018. He faces up to life in prison.

Initially, he pleaded not guilty to five charges.

According to court documents, he confessed to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he fought Kenyan government soldiers in a battle until he was injured.

He was recorded on at least two videos with other al-Shabab fighters, according to court documents.



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