Al Shabaab Confirms Death of Ahmed Godane, Names New Leader

al shabaabSomalia’s al Qaeda-linked Islamists on Saturday confirmed for the first time that their leader Ahmed Godane was killed in a U.S. aerial bombardment last week and named a new leader, warning of “distress” to their enemies.

U.S. forces struck the al Shabaab leader’s encampment in south-central Somalia with Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions Monday, but the Pentagon did not confirm Godane’s death until Friday, saying it was still assessing the results of the airstrike.



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