Hundreds of newly trained Al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 kilometers south of Mogadishu, Somalia February 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)
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Somalia replaced its national security director on Sunday and put its army on alert for retaliation after the Islamist militant group Al-Shabab confirmed its leader had been killed in a U.S. airstrike.Somali forces and African Union peacekeepers have mounted push against Al-Shabab this year after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu, notably on legislators and the presidential palace.It controlled Mogadishu and the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011, when it was pushed back by AU forces.
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