An Al-Shabaab fighter views the bodies of two dead government soldiers, in the north of Mogadishu Monday, July, 13, 2009. Islamic insurgents have retreated from areas around Somalia's presidential palace after a day of fighting that killed dozens of people and wounded about 150, witnesses said Monday. Sunday's fighting marked the first time African Union peacekeepers directly intervened to support government forces, Somali military spokesman Farhan Asanyo said the government made a strategic retreat. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)
An Al-Shabaab fighter views the bodies of two dead government soldiers, in the north of Mogadishu Monday, July, 13, 2009. Islamic insurgents have retreated from areas around Somalia's presidential palace after a day of fighting that killed dozens of people and wounded about 150, witnesses said Monday. Sunday's fighting marked the first time African Union peacekeepers directly intervened to support government forces, Somali military spokesman Farhan Asanyo said the government made a strategic retreat. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor) MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR

US air strikes kill 150 militants in Somalia

AIR strikes by the US on an al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia have killed more than 150 Islamist militants about to embark on a large-scale militant campaign, the Pentagon says.

The weekend attack - about 200km north of the capital, Mogadishu - reportedly came after several weeks of monitoring.

Although still a presence in areas of Somalia, the al-Qaeda affiliate has been hit hard in recent years by African peacekeeping forces and government troops.

The US offers bounties on several of the group's senior commanders.


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