U. S. Launches Strike Against Al-Shabab Boss in Somalia

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 2:12 AM

S. conducted a drone strike in Somalia targeting an al-Shabab boss involved in overseeing high-profile attacks that have killed three Americans, the Dept of Defense said Friday.

U. S. Launches Strike Against Al-Shabab Boss in Somalia

The U. S. conducted a drone strike in Somalia targeting an al-Shabab boss involved in overseeing high-profile attacks that have killed three Americans, the Dept of Defense said Friday.

The unmanned aerial vehicle strike targeted Hassan Ali Dhoore, who the Dept of Defense said is a senior boss in the al-Qaeda offshoot, the Defense Dept said. Military executive said they were trying to confirm whether Dhoore was killed.

"Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabaab'south operational planning and skill to conduct attacks against the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, its citizens, U. S. partners in the region, and against Americans abroad," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.

Dhoore was riding in a vehicle with two other al-Shabab members twenty miles S of Jilib, which is southwest of Mogadishu, when the strike was carried out in the early evening Thursday, a senior defense official said.

Dhoore was "directly responsible" for the March twenty-seven, two thousand fifteen attack on the Maka al-Mukarram Hotel in Mogadishu, which killed fifteen people including a Somali-American, the Defense Dept said.

He also "played a direct role" in a Dec. twenty-five, two thousand fourteen attack on the Mogadishu International Airport, which killed a U. S. citizen as well as African Union personnel, the military said.

The defense official said the U. S. had been watching Dhoore for some time, and the Somali government shared information that led to the drone strike.

Thursday'south strike comes a mo after the U. S. military said it killed more than one hundred fifty members of al-Shabab in an air strike in Somalia. Days later, U. S.; special operations forces participated in a raid against the grouping in southern Somalia

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