US Unleashed 'Earthquake' Strike on al-Shabab
Target may have been Somali militants' 'spiritual leader'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2014 11:21 PM CDT
Updated Sep 2, 2014 7:48 AM CDT
Civilians who had left the town of Bulomarer when it was held by al-Shabab militants return following the town's capture by African Union and Somali government soldiers.   (AP Photo/AMISOM, Tobin Jones)

(Newser) – The US says it carried out an operation against Islamic extremists in Somalia yesterday, but the military hasn't released other details of the strike on the al-Shabab network. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," a Pentagon spokesman told reporters. A Somali official tells the AP that a drone targeted the al-Shabab "spiritual leader" Ahmed Abdi Godane and he may have been killed along with other militants; another official says the attack felt like an "earthquake." The strike came the day after Somali government forces battled extremists trying to free their comrades from a high-security prison in Mogadishu.

The battle at the prison, which houses hundreds of al-Shabab members, left all the attackers dead, along with two civilians and three government soldiers. Yesterday, the African Union mission in the country announced that it had freed several towns from militant control, and its troops "faced little resistance from their advancement as al-Shabab simply melted away," CNN reports. Earlier this year, the US revealed that it has had a deployment of soldiers in Somalia since 2007 to help fight the extremists.

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Sep 7, 2014 11:39 AM CDT
Any one or a group who support TERRORISM either for religion or unwanted purposes which HURT innocents should be quarantined and destroyed. No relevant rules that applies to the rest of the population no matter who they are and where they live. This should be the DOCTRINE to destroy TERROR.
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Sep 2, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
The Obama Doctrine: "Fight terrorism with terrorism." Before you dispute this, consider the definition of terrorism that the US uses: "18 U.S.C. § 2331 defines "international terrorism" as activities with the following three characteristics: 1) Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; 2) Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and 3) Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum." Drone attacks violate federal laws against assassination. Drone attacks intimidate civilian populations and coerce governments. Drone attacks occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Although I disagree with it, I can at least understand the argument that one must fight terrorism with terrorism. What I don't understand is how anyone can argue that drone attacks are not themselves terrorist acts.