Pentagon Confirms Death of High
Pentagon Confirms Death of
High-ranking al-Shabab Militant
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – December 31, 2014 – Pentagon officials confirmed today that a
high-ranking member of the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia was killed in a
Dec. 29 airstrike.
The unmanned U.S. aircraft strike near Saakow, Somalia,
killed Tahlil Abdishakur, chief of al-Shabab’s intelligence and security wing,
officials said in a statement.
Working from actionable intelligence, U.S. forces struck a
vehicle carrying Tahlil with several Hellfire missiles, officials added.
Tahlil was responsible for al-Shabaab's external operations.
“His death will significantly impact al-Shabaab's ability to conduct attacks
against the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Somali people,
and U.S. allies and interests in the region," the Pentagon statement said.
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