File - In this Oct. 30, 2009 photo, al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)
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By U.S. accounts, it was a devastating airstrike against Islamist militants in Somalia, with over 150 fighters killed in a training camp.African Union ground forces succeeded in ousting Al-Shabab fighters from Somalia's capital in 2011 and protecting the weak government. Since then, however, they have been unable to stop other violence: assaults on AU forces, including one that killed up to 200 Kenyan soldiers in January, frequent suicide attacks on civilians in Mogadishu, and an unsuccessful attempt last month to bring down an airliner with a bomb. U.S. forces had been watching Raso Camp for several weeks, said Navy Capt.African Union ground forces and U.S. missile attacks have simply not been able to obliterate the Al-Qaeda-linked group, which the U.S. State Department declared a terrorist organization in 2008 and has proven to be resilient.
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