The Pentagon announced Monday that U.S. military airstrikes have killed senior al Qaeda leaders in Somalia.
The Defense Department confirmed the death of Abdirahman Sandhere, known as “Ukash,” who was a senior leader of Al Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia. The strike was taken on Dec. 2, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.
“His removal from the battlefield is a significant blow to al Shabaab and reflects the painstaking work by our intelligence, military and law enforcement professionals, and it’s an important step in the fight against al Shabaab,” Davis said.