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The US killed three foreign jihadists, including a Moroccan, in an airstrike in the K60 area south of Mogadishu. The UN approved the expansion of African Union forces to more than 17,000 troops. The AU is approved for 12,000 troops but only 9,000 are currently in country.
Shabaab has withdrawn its forces from Howlaha Guud as Ethiopian and Somali troops advance on the western town of Bardale. Six people were killed in an IED attack in Bardale. Two IEDs were detonated at a base in Baidoa that was formerly used by Shabaab.
Shabaab withdrew from Baidoa after Ethiopian and Somali forces advanced on the city. The terror group also withdrew from Bardale. A Shabaab cleric said that "fathers and mothers must send their unmarried girls to fight alongside the (male) militants."
Human Rights Watch said that Shabaab "has increasingly targeted children for recruitment, forced marriage, and rape, and attacked teachers and schools." Puntland security forces detained five suspected Shabaab fighters in Galkayo.
Shabaab warned Muslims "to stay away from the enemy bases in order to avoid being unintentional victims" of a newly announced terror campaign in Mogadishu. Somalia's ambassador to Yemen claimed that more than 500 Shabaab fighters fled Somalia to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.