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‘Donald Trump has authorised easing restrictions on counter-terrorism air strikes in Somalia that were put in place to prevent civilian casualties.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement that the order gives more authority to the US military head in Africa command to perform “precision airstrikes” on al-Shabaab, a designated terrorist group.

The group carried out a 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya resulting in 60 deaths and 175 wounded as well as several other attacks.

Somalia is currently experiencing extreme drought, famine, and cholera as well as violence from al-Shabaab.’

Read more: Donald Trump rolls back rules used to prevent civilian casualties from US air strikes in Somalia