US troops embedded with Somali ground forces were ambushed west of the coastal city of Kismaayo in Somalia’s Lower Jubba province, according to local media reports.
The joint unit reportedly departed a US military base at the airport in Kismaayo and were making there way to the nearby district of Beerxaani. However, the joint US-Somali unit came under an ambush prior to reaching their destination, within the vicinity of Yaaq-Xaluul.
During the midst of the ambush, US military aircraft believed to be an unmanned aerial vehicle commonly referred to as a drone carried out an airstrike at the site of the ambush.
This can be attributed to the fact that the US troops and Somali partner forces where being overwhelmed by the Al-Shabaab fighters as a result of the ambush.