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Two Somalia drone strikes kill about 12 militants: US

The Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group was chased out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011 but remains a dangerous threat in both Somalia and neighboring Kenya where it carries out frequent attacksA pair of drone strikes in southern Somalia this week killed about a dozen Shebab militants who were threatening US and Somali forces, a US official said Tuesday. The “self-defense strikes” were conducted Monday and Tuesday in an area north of Kismayo, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said. “This was in southern Somalia against al-Shebab targets that were posing an imminent threat to US (and Somali) personnel,” he said.

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