||<p>The Secretary of State will build on the work of his predecessor and continue to
have regular engagement with his US counterpart on counter-terrorism activities. We
have not sought to make an independent assessment of the accuracy or impact of US
strikes in Somalia; this would be challenging, given the difficult security environment.
The main cause of civilian casualties in Somalia is the insurgency and indiscriminate
terrorist activity of Al-Shabaab. Support from the US and others to the Federal Government
of Somalia's efforts to counter terrorism is critical to limiting Al-Shabaab's capability
to inflict harm.</p>