Shabaab

US killed Shabaab commander in recent strike

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that its July 30 "kinetic strike" killed Ali Jabal, a Shabaab commander who led forces and conducted attacks in Mogadishu and the Banadir regions in southern Somalia. The targeting of Shabaab leaders has not prevented the group from regaining ground in the south. Read more >

Shabaab overruns base in northern Somalia

Between 30 and 60 Puntland troops are reported to have been killed after Shabaab overran a base in the Galgala mountains. Fighters from al Qaeda's branch in East Africa have successfully overrun Somali and African Union bases in the past and inflicted high casualties. Read more >

Kenyan soldier held hostage since Jan. 2016 appears in Shabaab video

Shabaab, al Qaeda's branch in Somalia, has released a video of a Kenyan soldier who was captured during a Jan. 15, 2016 raid on an AMISOM base in El Adde. The UN found that approximately 150 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the attack and another 11 were taken hostage. The jihadists' attack in El Adde was "the largest military defeat in Kenyan history," according to the UN. Read more >

Pentagon confirms US targeted veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed today that the US targeted Abu Firas al Suri, a veteran al Qaeda leader, in an airstrike in Syria. Within hours of the bombing yesterday, jihadists on social media claimed that Abu Firas had perished. Separately, Cook confirmed that Hassan Ali Dhoore, a dual hatted al Qaeda and Shabaab leader, was killed in an airstrike in Somalia on Mar. 31. Read more >