Home > News > World
Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 8:35:02 AM
Monday January 27, 2014 MYT 8:36:03 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected militant leader with ties to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a U.S. military official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The strike took place in southern Somalia, the official said, without offering further information, including the identity of the suspect or whether the strike was believed to have been successful.
Another U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the operation took place in a remote area near Barawe, Somalia.
Barawe, a militant stronghold on Somalia's southern coast, was the site of a failed raid by American commandos in October targeting a militant known as Ikrima.
The U.S. forces pulled out after a gun battle without capturing Ikrima, described as a planner and operator who has relentlessly plotted attacks on neighbouring Kenya.
Al Shabaab has been weakened by African Union troops over the past two years, ushering in some stability in many parts of the Horn of Africa country after a campaign of cross-border raids and kidnappings of Westerners and security forces.
But the rebels, who have waged a seven-year insurgency seeking to impose a strict interpretation of sharia law in Somalia, stunned the world in September when they attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, killing at least 67 people.
Late last year, the U.S. military deepened its involvement in Somalia, establishing a unit of fewer than five troops in the capital, Mogadishu, to help advice and support African Union and Somali forces.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Jim Loney and Peter Cooney)
Migrants scuffle with Hungary police; dead toddler's image shocks Europe
Drowned Syrian toddlers' family had not applied for Canada entry
Netanyahu says U.S. public opinion with Israel on Iran nuclear issue
Guatemala's president quits, jailed pending hearing on corruption charges
Father of drowned Syrian toddlers prepares to take bodies home
TalentCorp turns Malaysia’s brain drain to brain gain
Six key sports titles set to drop this month
Pop band High4 to perform in KL on Sunday
Fun-filled Matta fair awaits visitors
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)