Somali citizens count cost of surge in US airstrikes under Trump

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The Guardian has investigated scores of reports of US-led strikes targeting al-Shabaab, which have risen to unprecedented levels

Dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in Somalia as US-led airstrikes against Islamist militants increase to unprecedented levels, a Guardian investigation has found, raising fears that Washington’s actions could bolster support for extremists.

The escalation in strikes is part of the Trump administration’s broader foreign policy strategy in Africa and the Middle East. There have been 34 US airstrikes in Somalia in the last six months – at least twice the total for the whole of 2016.

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When the drone begun to fly over … some of the victims were passing on the road while some were inside drinking their afternoon tea

Al-Shabaab members are armed, but these were family members who stayed in their house and were not armed

They all died on the spot. The bomb was huge and the whole place was like a deep cave in the ground

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