WASHINGTON — While Iraq remains torn between the al-Qaeda offshoot group Islamic State, the Kurdish militia and the Iraqi government, the U.S. government recently hit a Somalian terrorist group. The U.S. government confirmed reports that a leader of the terrorist group al-Shabab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in a targeted airstrike by the U.S. military.
Reuters reported that the action was undertaken with the permission of the Western-backed Somali government in Mogadishu.
The Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said, “We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al Shabaab, has been killed.” It was a “major symbolic and operational loss” for the group, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda.
al-Shabab is responsible for the terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in Somalia as well as the Westgate shopping mall hostage situation in Nairobi, Kenya. Sixty-seven people were killed, mostly civilians, by the terrorists.