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FILE- In this Feb.17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 kilometers (12 miles) south of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

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** FILE ** Al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally on the outskirts of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Abu Mohamed, an al-Shabab commander, told The Associated Press Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 that Sahal Iskudhuq, who was killed in Sunday’s U.S. missile attack, had previously been in charge of kidnappings of foreigners and ransom deals for the group but recently turned to working with its intelligence unit. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. Abu Mohamed, an al-Shabab commander, told The Associated Press Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 that Sahal Iskudhuq, who was killed in Sunday’s U.S. missile attack, had previously been in charge of kidnappings of foreigners and ransom deals for the group but recently turned to working with its intelligence unit. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

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** FILE ** American-born Islamist militant Omar Hammami addresses a press conference of the militant group al-Shabab at a farm in southern Mogadishu's Afgoye district in Somalia, May 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

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** FILE ** American-born Islamist militant Omar Hammami addresses a press conference of the militant group al-Shabab at a farm in southern Mogadishu's Afgoye district in Somalia, May 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

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Omar Shafik Hammami, a jihadi from Alabama whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab high enough to attract a $5 million U.S. government bounty, was killed on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. (AP Photo/FBI)

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Omar Shafik Hammami, a jihadi from Alabama whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab high enough to attract a $5 million U.S. government bounty. He was killed on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. (AP Photo/FBI)

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Al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, in February 2011. Over the past year, al-Shabab has lost much of the territory it held. (Associated Press)

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A Somali soldier stands guard at a market in Afgoye, a town west of the Mogadishu where Ugandan and Burundian wrested control from al-Shabab troops in late May. The Islamist rebels had used the area to control traffic in and out of the capital and extort money from anyone who wanted to enter or leave.

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The helmet of Kenyan soldier Nicholas Munyanya reads in Kiswahili "Tea in Kismayo," no doubt hoping for respite in the strategic Somali port city that African Union troops hope to wrest from the control of al-Shabab terrorists by late August. (Associated Press)

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The helmet of Kenyan soldier Nicholas Munyanya reads in Kiswahili "Tea in Kismayo," no doubt hoping for respite in the strategic Somali port city that African Union troops hope to wrest from the control of al-Shabab terrorists by late August. (Associated Press)

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Kenyan soldiers have turned their image from inexperienced invaders into a pivotal presence in the fight against al-Shabab terrorists in Somalia. The combined forces of Kenyan and African Union troops have taken control of 80 percent of the Gedo region. (Associated Press)

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A Somali villager talks to Kenyan soldiers, who crossed the border after abductions and grenade attacks inside Kenya were linked to the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab in Somalia. (Associated Press)