Hamdi Faarax Omar mourns her son Mohamed Mohamud who was killed in an attack by Somali forces supported by U.S. troops in Bariire village in Mogadishu Somalia, August 29, 2017. Picture taken August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A raid involving U.S. troops in Somalia has caused a rift between the precarious U.S.-backed government and a powerful clan that says innocent farmers were massacred, months after President Donald Trump approved stepped-up operations there. The U.S. Africa command, Africom, has acknowledged that U.S. forces participated in a ground operation in support of Somali troops in the village of Bariire last week, and says it is investigating reports of civilian deaths.Last week's raid took place in an area that had been occupied by Al-Shabab Islamist militants but was recaptured by government forces earlier in August.In March, Trump gave the U.S. military in Somalia greater authority to carry out strikes and raids, including without waiting for militants to attack U.S. allies. Ramped-up operations followed, with Africom reporting eight U.S. airstrikes from May to August this year, compared to 13 for the whole of 2016 .Mohammad Hasan Amin said he and his pregnant wife survived because they ran outside and hid in a banana grove when the deadly gunfire began. They initially thought it was an attack by the rival clan and were relieved to see armored vehicles, which they thought meant the African peacekeeping force and government troops had come to keep them safe.
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