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Vol 55 No 18

Published 12th September 2014


Somalia

Reports of his death… the UPDATE

Godane has fallen to a US air strike, contrary to our earlier information. Choosing a new chief may be problematic but no strategic change is likely

The killing of Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen leader Ahmed Abdi Godane by the United States on 1 September is unlikely to leave a vacancy for long. The Pentagon announced on 2 September that US Special Forces, 'acting on actionable intelligence', tried to kill the Al Shabaab leader using manned and unmanned aircraft to launch Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs. The target was a camp and vehicles near Barawe, in south-central Somalia. On 5 September the Pentagon provided confirmation that Godane had died in the strike.

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