US airstrike targets al-Shabab leader in Somalia, Pentagon says

US airstrike targets al-Shabab leader in Somalia, Pentagon says

Hassan Ali Dhoore is a senior member of al-Shabab’s Amniyat wing, which handles security and intelligence, the Pentagon said.

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Hassan Ali Dhoore is a senior member of al-Shabab’s Amniyat wing, which handles security and intelligence, the Pentagon said.

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – A U.S. airstrike in Somalia on Thursday targeted an al-Shabab leader who has directly played a role in several high profile terror attacks, the Pentagon said Friday.

“While we are still assessing the results of this operation, removing [Hassan Ali] Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabaab’s operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia, its citizens, U.S. partners in the region and against Americans abroad,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

Dhoore is a senior member of the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group’s Amniyat wing, which handles security and intelligence, Cook said. He has planned and overseen attacks that have killed at least three Americans, Cook said.

One of those attacks targeted the Mogadishu International Airport on Dec. 25, 2014, resulting in the death of several African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) personnel and one U.S. citizen, Cook said.

He was also “directly responsible” for the March 27, 2015 attack on the Maka al-Mukarram Hotel in Mogadishu, resulting in the deaths of 15 people, including one Somali-American national.

“Hassan was believed to have been plotting attacks targeting U.S. citizens in Mogadishu,” Cook said.

Somali government helped with the operation, Cook said. The Pentagon did not say how the strike was carried out.

Last month the Pentagon targeted an al-Shabab training camp 120 miles north of Mogadishu, killing 150 people.

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