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us_targets_shabaabs.phpLong War Journal:

Bill Roggio

September 2, 2014

 

The US military is rumored to have targeted Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane and other senior leaders of al Qaeda's branch in Somalia as they met at a training camp south of the capital. The US military confirmed it conducted an operation in Somalia yesterday, but did not detail the nature or outcome of the attack.

 

"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said yesterday.

 

Somali officials have said that an airstrike, possibly carried out by the remotely piloted Predators or Reapers, hit a training camp between the villages of Dhay Tubako and Haway along the Shabelle River south of Mogadishu.

 

The governor of Lower Shabeelle told a Somali-language news site that Godane, who is also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, and Shabaab leaders Muhammad Abu Abdallah, the group's shadow governor of Lower Shabelle; Muhammad Abu Sham, Godane's aide; Ali Muhammad Gulled, a logisitics officer; Muhammad Husayn Nur (a.k.a. Abu Hamza Al-Ayman); Sheikh Muhammad Dulyaden; Iqri Ubayd, a Sudanese operative; and Mubarak Abdallah, a Yemeni, were all present at the camp during the strike.

 

Shabaab has not released a statement noting the death of senior or mid-level leaders. But the group's intelligence service, known as the Amniyat, is reported to have rounded up 15 people in the area who are suspected of spying on the group for the US. Shabaab has brutally executed US "spies' in the past.

 

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U.S. Hits al-Shabaab in Somalia

Posted by Amy Miller Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:43am

It used to be the one place you didn’t go.

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Fox News reports that the United States has executed a series of drone strikes against al-Shabaab strongholds in Somalia. The Pentagon is still reportedly assessing the success of the strike, which was aimed at al-Shabaab leadership:

 

A senior Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that a U.S. drone targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders.Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/u-s-hits-al-shabaab-in-somalia/

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