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(Reuters) - The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization.

"We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.

Godane was a co-founder and leader of the group, which has carried many bombings and suicide attacks in Somalia and elsewhere, including the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013 that killed at least 39 people.

Godane publicly claimed responsibility for the Westgate attack, saying it was revenge for Kenyan and Western involvement in Somalia and noting its proximity to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

His death left a huge gap in al Shabaab's leadership and was seen as posing the biggest challenge to its unity since it emerged as a fighting force eight years ago.

Abdi Ayante, director of the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said Godane's death would be "a game changer in many ways for al Shabaab."

"What is likely to happen is a struggle for power," he said a day before the Pentagon's confirmed Godane's death. Ayante said fragmentation was also possible in the absence of a leader with Godane's experience and ruthless approach to dissent.

U.S. forces carried out the military operation targeting Godane in Somalia on Monday, but the Pentagon did not confirm his death until Friday, saying it was still assessing the results of the air strike.

Kirby said in his statement that "removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al Shabaab."

A separate statement from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the operation that killed Godane was the result of "years of painstaking work by our intelligence, military and law enforcement professionals."

Earnest said the administration would continue to use financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military tools to address the threat posed by al Shabaab.

The U.S. State Department declared al Shabaab a foreign terrorist organization in 2008.

Somalia's government, with support from African peacekeepers and Western intelligence, has battled to curb al Shabaab's influence and drive the group from areas it has continued to control since it was expelled from Mogadishu in 2011.

U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike | Reuters
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Ethiopians fight like Iraqis...

Al-Shabab Seizes Key Somali Town After Ethiopians Pull Out
April 03, 2017 - Ethiopian troops fighting militant Islamist group al-Shabab have withdrawn from a key military base in central Somalia's Galgudud region, according to residents.
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Heavily armed al-Shabab fighters took control of El Bur following the pullout of Ethiopian troops and a small number of Somali National Army soldiers early Monday. The fall of El Bur was confirmed by Nur Hassan Gutale, the town’s district commissioner, who said Ethiopians did not tell them the reason of their withdrawal. “The Ethiopians and our troops withdrew from the town and now it is under the control of the militants. The Ethiopians did not inform us about their withdrawal plan and once we saw them abandoning, our troops also abandoned,” Gutale said.

Residents of El Bur say al-Shabab militants traveling in pickup trucks moved into the town early Monday without a fight. “The militants traveling in more than six pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft machine guns moved into town this morning. They took up the strategic positions, raised their black flags on the top of some buildings,” one of the residents told VOA on the condition of anonymity.


AMISOM soldiers and armored vehicles pass a woman riding a cart during a patrol at a village outside Mogadishu

Gutale has accused both the al-Shabab militants and the Ethiopian troops of mistreating the civilians. “Al-Shabab forced most of the residents to leave the town when the Ethiopians came three years ago. And the Ethiopians mistreated with some who remained in the town,” Gutale said. “The civilians had only two choices: to stay in the town and face the Ethiopian mistreatment or live as hostages under Al-Shabab." The reason for the Ethiopian troops' withdrawal was not clear, and their military officials were not immediately available for comment. El Bur was once the commercial hub and main stronghold of al-Shabab in central Somalia, but the group lost the town to Ethiopian troops serving under African Union peacekeeping mission known as AMISOM three years ago.

Analysts have warned the town was vulnerable to reoccupation by the militants because al-Shabab blocked all roads leading in and out, forcing almost all of the residents of the town to leave. Some Ethiopian soldiers are in Somalia as part of AMISOM while others are there as a result of a bilateral deal with Somalia's federal government. The Ethiopians serving the AU mission are responsible for securing Bay, Bakool, and Gedo regions in South Western Somalia, but they are also present in Hiran and Galgudud regions, where they have been moving into towns and withdrawing from others at will.

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Al-Shabab Stones Somali Mother of 8 to Death
October 27, 2017 - Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have stoned a mother of eight to death for allegedly committing adultery.
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Hundreds of residents gathered at a public square in the town of Saakow, about 400 kilometers south of Mogadishu, to watch the execution on Thursday, residents said. In an audio posted on an al-Shabab website, an al-Shabab judge said the woman, identified as Habiba Ali Ishaq, married a second husband while already married to another man, and as a result was convicted for adultery. The al-Shabab judge said his court acted after receiving a complaint from the woman's original husband, Ali Ibrahim Ali, 44. The judge said Ishaq and Ali have eight children together. "The husband told the court that one day his wife told him she will be going to visit relatives in Mogadishu and in Baidoa and that after 18 days absence, he heard she got married in the countryside in Nus Duniya," the judge said. Nus Duniya is a village not far from Saakow.


Al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia

The judge said he asked the woman if the man's account was true, and says she admitted marrying another man while married to Ali. Saakow residents say militants buried Ishaq up to her neck on Thursday and threw rocks at her head until she was pronounced dead. Al-Shabab did not say what happened to the woman's alleged second husband, who was not brought to the square. VOA Somali has learned that the group told relatives of Ishaq that the man, Farah Abdirahman Jelle, has escaped from prison.

Marriage in dispute

VOA also learned from residents that Ishaq's marriage to her original husband was in dispute. One account says she left Ali after complaining about a lack of support. Sources also told VOA Somali that Ishaq visited one of her children, who was ill, and got into a heated argument with Ali before al-Shabab arrested her.

This is the second stoning al-Shabab has conducted this year. In late May, the group stoned a 44-year-old man to death in the town of Rama Addey, also for alleged adultery. The man, Dhayow Mohamed Hassan, was found guilty of impregnating a woman outside of marriage. Al-Shabab runs its own court system as part of its effort to impose a strict form of Islamic law on Somalia. Court proceedings are not public, making it hard to verify confessions and testimony.

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al-Shabaab hits Mogadishu again...

Latest Attack On Mogadishu Ends With At Least 23 Dead
October 29, 2017 - Somali security forces finally put an end to a deadly siege Sunday that had dragged on through the night at a hotel in Somalia's capital, but not before at least 23 people were killed. Al-Shabab claimed the attack as the Islamic extremist group wages a bloody insurgency in the country and elsewhere in Africa.
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Among the dead: a mother and her three children, one of them a baby, say Somali police. The victims also include at least a dozen police officers, reports Reuters. Five militants stormed the building Saturday after a suicide truck bomber lingered at the gate, pretending to repair the vehicle before it blew up, reports The Associated Press. Once inside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, the attackers engaged security forces in a gun battle, with at least one militant detonating a suicide vest. Police say three attackers are dead and AP reports five have been captured alive. The police and intelligence chiefs have been fired in the wake of two brutal back-to-back attacks on the Somali capital, according to the wire service. Saturday's siege comes just two weeks after the deadliest attack ever in the country. On Oct. 14, twin bombings in Mogadishu took a staggering toll; more than 350 killed.


Somali soldiers inspect the wreckage of vehicles after an attack claimed by al-Shabab left at least 23 dead in Mogadishu on Saturday.

Nobody has laid claim to that attack, although the Somali government blames al-Shabab, a group the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organization. Mogadishu has been a frequent target of al-Shabab attacks as the group fights to overthrow the U.N.-backed government and seeks "the creation of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia," according to the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank. In June the group performed a similar overnight siege at a pizza restaurant and nearby hotel that left dozens dead. It too began with a car bombing at the hotel's front gates. Al-Shabab has also launched more than 150 attacks in neighboring Kenya; among the deadliest were a 2015 assault on a university in Garissa that killed around 150 people and an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013 that left dozens dead.

There are thought to be up to 9,000 al-Shabab fighters in Somalia today, says CFR. Born in 2006, the al-Qaeda-affiliated group reached its peak in 2011, reigning over parts of Mogadishu, until African Union troops helped drive it out. Today the group controls parts of Somalia's rural southern and central regions, says CFR. NPR's East Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta has reported that Somalia will likely seek deeper involvement from the United States as it works to flush out the al-Shabab from its strongholds. After the Oct. 14 attack, the United States did step up its military response, reports AP, launching a drone strike against the group about 35 miles outside Mogadishu.


Rescue workers survey the devastation on Sunday after a vehicle bomb was detonated outside a hotel the night before.

And Somali Armed Forces along with African Union troops are readying a major offensive against the militants, reports Voice of America. Somali citizen Mohamed Muse tells VOA he has witnessed thousands of troops assembling. "We have seen unusual government military buildup. We have witnessed trucks carrying military supplies, technical vehicles mounted with heavy machine-guns."

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You know the US has become insane today when:

The answer to endless wars is more wars.

The answer to the police state is more tyranny.

The answer to a dead economy is starting a trade war.

The answer to regulations is more laws.

The answer to endless debt is more debt.
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