Al-Shabaab militants Flee key town as Somali army Advances
Clinton told a meeting of African officials in Washington Tuesday that cutting the threat of extremism in Somalia, expanding the peace process and containing the extremists is one of her hardest jobs.
She said the State Department is encouraging members of Somali communities in the United States to increase what she calls positive engagement with their homeland.
Al-Shabab Islamic insurgents control much of southern and central Somalia, while Somali forces and African Union peacekeepers struggle to keep them from turning the country into a strict Islamic state. VOA
Sources say that the United States and Turkish forces based in the capital Mogadishu have bombed Al-Shabaab's defensive bases from the air, which forced the militants to flee.