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U.S. cracks down on Somalia militants with strike on Shabab leader
U.S. cracks down on Somalia militants with strike on Shabab leader

A U.S. airstrike intended to kill the leader of Somalia's Al Qaeda-affiliated Shabab group illustrated the Pentagon's determination to take down militants responsible for a wave of bombings and suicide attacks throughout the Horn of Africa. The Pentagon on Tuesday did not confirm whether the operation — which took place late Monday — killed Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, 37. But the special-forces strike against a militant encampment in the town of Barawe, south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was seen by U.S. officials as a setback for the Islamic militant group, which has struggled in recent years with leadership disputes, military defeats and questions about...

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