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Somalia Says 13 Suspected Terrorists Killed in US Air Strike

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 8/14/2022 Mohammed Omar Ahmed
UNSPECIFIED, PERSIAN GULF REGION - JANUARY 07: A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), (R), returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as to transport cargo and and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) © Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images Europe UNSPECIFIED, PERSIAN GULF REGION - JANUARY 07: A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), (R), returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as to transport cargo and and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) -- A US air strike killed 13 members of the al-Shabab Islamist terrorist group in the Hiiran region of central Somalia on Sunday, state-owned national television reported, citing Somali army officials.

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US air strikes previously killed four al-Shabab fighters on Aug. 9 after they attacked Somali forces, according to a US Africa Command statement on Wednesday. There was no immediate US statement on the latest reported strike.


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The US has redeployed hundreds of troops to the East African country, returning to the region after former President Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal. 

At the same time, Somalia’s worst drought in more than 40 years has internally displaced 1 million people since January 2021, according to the United Nations.

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