U.S. attacks Islamic extremists in Somalia | USA NOW
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U.S. military forces directed a counter-terrorism operation against the al-Shabab network of Islamic extremists in Somalia, the Pentagon said Monday.
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00:02 The US launched an attack on Islamic extremist in Somalia
00:05 Monday according to the Pentagon. Their target the head of the
00:09 also -- network. As senior Somali intelligence officials say he was
00:13 leaving a meeting of the group's top leaders when a US
00:15 drone hit. Also Bob the extremist group with ties to al-Qaeda.
00:20 Is the same one that attacked the upscale Westgate mall in
00:23 Nairobi Kenya one year ago this month. The siege of which
00:27 took place over several days left at least 67 people dead
00:31 since then the USS targeted planners of the bloody assault. Over
00:36 the last year US military strikes in Somalia killed a high
00:39 ranking intelligence officer -- Bob. As well as the top explosives
00:43 expert. The latest attack from the US comes on the heels
00:46 of the failed attempt by suspected jihadist to free other militants
00:51 from captivity. On Sunday seven heavily armed suspected us about members.
00:56 Attacked the high security prison ML BD -- Where extremists are
01:00 believed to be held in underground cells Somali government forces were
01:04 able to regain control and all seven attackers were killed. A
01:08 pentagon spokesperson did not say whether Monday's drone strike was related
01:12 to the -- and attack.