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U.S. troops attack al-Shabaab in Somalia, leader targeted

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Al-Shabaab, the terror network operating in Somalia and surrounding countries experienced some of the best the U.S. military had to offer with air strikes that came from high above late yesterday. Preliminary reports indicate 6 militants were killed in the first wave of strikes; the offensive is far from over.

A U.S. drone targeted the extremist group’s self-appointed leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane (also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr) as he left a meeting of al-Shabaab commanders. The Pentagon has not said if he was killed in the drone strike. An unnamed Somalia official said the attack took place in a forest near the Sablale district south of the capital of Mogadishu.

The Pentagon had little to say about how long the U.S. military intervention might last nor if the Sailors and Marines aboard the CH-53E that crashed into the Arabian Sea yesterday were involved in the mission.

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, to include the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, has been extended in their area of operation, the Arabian Gulf, by the Secretary of Defense until the first part of October.

After the U.S. drone strike last night, masked militants arrested dozens of residents they suspected of spying for the U.S.

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