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President Donald Trump has given the US navy better authority to assault militants in Somalia.

The US offers navy assist to Somalia in its struggle towards al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, which is waging an armed insurgency within the nation.

The top of US forces in Africa had requested for extra flexibility and sooner responses.

A Pentagon spokesman stated the White Home had authorised its request for “extra precision fired”.

This successfully means US particular forces will be capable to name in air strikes extra shortly and accompany accomplice troops in additional superior positions, US media report.

“The extra assist offered by this authority will assist deny al-Shabab secure havens from which it may assault US residents or US pursuits within the area,” stated Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis.

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Media captionThe Somali battle that modified US coverage in Africa