The United States conducted a drone strike against Al Shabab militants in Somalia this week, the first such military action against the Qaeda affiliate in East Africa since August. The New York Times reports that the strike on Tuesday followed an attack on allied Somali forces in Duduble, about 65 kilometers northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. The military’s Africa Command said it was still trying to determine how many Shabab insurgents had been killed in the strike, but that no civilians were believed to have been harmed.