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The US airstrike outside the al-Shabaab-controlled seaside community of Harardere in Mudug province in Somalia's central region was the deadliest since one on November 21, 2017, against a camp killed about 100 al-Shabaab fighters.

"We also assess that this airstrike did not injure or kill any civilians", the US Africa Command tweeted.

"This precision airstrike was conducted in support of the Federal Government of Somalia as it continues to degrade al-Shabaab".

In June, a US Special Operations forces soldier, Staff Sgt Alexander W Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, was killed, and four others were wounded, in an attack in southwestern Somalia against al-Shabab fighters, three Defence Department officials said.

It also came ahead of the first anniversary Sunday of a truck bombing that left more than 500 dead in Mogadishu, the worst ever attack in Somalia blamed on Al-Shabaab. The group, estimated at several thousands of fighters, still carries out deadly attacks against high-profile targets such as hotels and checkpoints in the capital and other cities.

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A US Africa Command spokesperson said the air strike had no link to the anniversary.

United States military officials have expressed concern that the group is again growing - even after losing much of its territory in Somalia in recent years and being targeted by U.S. drone strikes.

In March of 2017, President Donald Trump authorized the United States military to carry out precision strikes targeting al-Shabaab in an effort to bolster the Federal Government of Somalia.

Somali forces in the next few years are expected to take over responsibility for the country's security from an African Union peacekeeping force, which already has started withdrawing hundreds of personnel.

Farah Abdi Warsameh/APPresident Donald Trump has ramped up airstrikes against al Shabaab in Somalia.

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