An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers.
The United States has stepped up its operations in Somalia in recent weeks, with frequent strikes against al-Shabab.
The strike against al-Shabab militants near the coastal city Kismayo also destroyed a vehicle.
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Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush.
The decision comes just weeks after Africa Command discounted reports civilians, including children, had been killed.
It was not immediately clear how many al-Shabab fighters may have been killed.
A U.S. official says the Pentagon has received permission from the government of Niger to begin flying armed drones.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave his conditional approval to a new authorization for the use of military force. Read more.
U.S. military investigators found more remains of the Army soldier killed in Niger, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.