Amnesty dangled for Somali fighters to lay down arms

Posted: September 4, 2014 at 4:38 a.m.

In this Feb. 13, 2012 file photo, an armed member of the militant group al-Shabab attends a rally in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaida, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said.

Somalia's government on Wednesday offered amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group whose leader was targeted Monday night in U.S. airstrikes.

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