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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ibrahim Bosch talks to a Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier before he clears a building during a training exercise in Bujumbura, Burundi, March 19, 2014. Bosch and the rest of the SP-MAGTF AF have been working with the BNDF during a 10-week logistics training course to prepare BNDF soldiers for deployments to Somalia and the Central African Republic. The deployments are in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia and the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ibrahim Bosch talks to a Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier before he clears a building during a training exercise in Bujumbura, Burundi, March 19, 2014. Bosch and the rest of the SP-MAGTF AF have been working with the BNDF during a 10-week logistics training course to prepare BNDF soldiers for deployments to Somalia and the Central African Republic. The deployments are in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia and the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic. (Christopher Gross/U.S. Air Force)

(Tribune News Service) — A U.S. airstrike 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.

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

The U.S. 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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