The Los Angeles Times has reported that the fighting in Somalia is the result of U.S financial, and military support of soldiers from impoverished Sierra Leone in West Africa.
According to the report the U.S. appears to be behind the scenes of the operation while the Sierra Leone soldiers do the fighting and the dying.
The U.S. is believe to be quietly equipping and training thousands of soldiers to wage war against the Shabab, the Al Qaeda ally that has imposed a harsh form of Islamic rule on southern Somalia, the L.A. Times report claims.
According to Wikipedia, al-Shabaab, "The Youth" or "The Boys", is the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, formally recognized in 2012. As of 2012, the outfit controls large areas of the southern parts of the country, where it is said to have imposed its own strict form of Sharia law.
According to rewardsforjustice.net, Rewards for Justice is offering rewards for information leading to the location of seven leaders of al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Foreign Terrorist Organization affiliated with al-Qaida: Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed , Mukhtar Robow, Ibrahim Haji Jama, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, and Abdullahi Yare.
The Rewards for Justice program is one of the valuable U.S. Government assets in the fight against international terrorism. Established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533, the Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.