January 29, 2014
SuperDrone Was This Close to Killing al-Shabaab Leader Godane (update: Almost There)
Sources in Somalia say a U.S. drone strike on Sunday nearly hit the leader of militant group al-Shabab.
A militant source and sources close to the African Union mission in Somalia told VOA that Ahmed Abdi Godane was in the vicinity of the drone attack, which took place north of Barawe, in the Lower Shabelle region.
The militant source said Godane was alive, although it was not clear whether the al-Shabab leader was injured.
A senior aide of Godane's, Ahmed Abdulkadir -- known as "Iskudhuuq -- was killed along with his driver Sunday when their car was hit by a missile.
The sources in Somalia said Godane and Iskudhuuq may have had a meeting right before the attack, and that Godane was supposed to travel in the car that was targeted.
I can hold it? That's what I told Mrs. Howie back in the day before the so called shotgun incident.
Update: Almost there......
A U.S. military strike in southern Somalia Sunday was targeting Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based group with ties to al Qaeda, according to three US officials.There are also reports that after the strike Shabaab went on one of its purges, killing random people with phones accusing them of being spies. Ha!
U.S. officials are waiting for DNA evidence as well as intelligence gathered from local Somalis on the ground before they can confirm Godane was in the vehicle and killed by the drone strike.
Somali officials have said the man killed was Sahal Iskudhuq, an Al-Shabaab operative who was close to Godane and involved in planning attacks over the years.