Head of Islamic terror group in Somalia targeted
A U.S. drone strike in Somalia "most likely" killed Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior leader of the terror group al-Shabab who had planned attacks that killed three Americans overseas, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News Friday.To date these decapitation strikes have had little effect in stopping Islamic terrorist attacks. Somalia cotninues to be a failed state in which the Islamist appear to have a free hand to strike at will.
Dhoore was riding in a vehicle with two other al-Shabab members Thursday evening when the strike took place about 20 miles south of Jilib in southern Somalia, according to a senior U.S. defense official.
The Pentagon had been watching him off and on for a long time, the senior official adds, saying the Somali government was involved in sharing information that led to this strike.
U.S. officials say Dhoore helped facilitate a deadly Christmas Day 2014 attack at a Somali airport and a March 2015 attack at the Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel, both in Mogadishu. U.S. citizens were among those killed in the two attacks, the officials said.
In addition, investigators linked Dhoore to the assassination of a Somali parliament member who also had U.S. citizenship. Dhoore had continued to plot ways to target and kill Americans in the Somali capital, according to the Pentagon.