US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of almost all US troops from Somalia by January 15.
The mayor of Mogadishu has died from injuries sustained in an al-Shabaab terrorist attack in his office last week.
The US military says an air strike against Somali extremist group al-Shabaab killed 12 militants on Thursday.
Militant group al-Shabaab is extorting large sums of money and forcibly recruiting children from villages in Somalia.
At least 300 people have been killed in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack in decades.