US Special Forces On Ground In Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) -- American and Somali officials say a small team of US Special Operations Forces are in Somalia hunting suspected al-Qaeda fighters.

But two senior Pentagon officials say they've heard of no plans to put any sizable number of US ground troops in the African nation.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia's prime minister says the US military targeted 20 high-level members of an Islamic movement linked to al-Qaeda in an Airstrike Monday in southern Somalia. The chief of staff for the Somali president claimed a senior al-Qaeda figure was killed in the strike, but American officials have not confirmed that.

In the Somali capital, some are saying US air attacks will increase anti-American sentiment in the largely Muslim country.

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