Somali Al-Shebab fighters gather on February 13, 2012 in Elasha Biyaha, in the Afgoei Corridor, after a demonstration to support the merger of Al-shebab and the Al-Qaeda network. Shebab insurgents staged rallies across Somalia on February 13 to celebrate their group's recognition by Osama bin Laden's successor as a member of the Islamist Al-Qaeda network. Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri announced in a video message posted on jihadist forums on February 9, 2012 that Shebab fighters had joined ranks with the Islamist network. AFP PHOTO / Mohamed Abdiwahab (Photo credit should read Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. strikes terror camp in Somalia
01:59 - Source: CNN

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The new authorization designates some regions of Somalia an "area of active hostilities"

US defense officials stressed the changes would not result in relaxing procedures to prevent civilian deaths

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President Donald Trump has approved stepping up counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, according to the Pentagon.