October 28, 2013
BARK VS. BITE:
US Military Drone Strike Targeted Al-Shabab Bomb-Maker (Luis Martinez, Oct 28, 2013, ABC News)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 28, 2013 4:52 PMThe main target of the missile strike was Ibrahim Ali, whom they described as al-Shabab's top bomb-maker who oversaw the group's improvised explosive device network, one of the officials said. The extremist group is tied to al Qaeda and at one time controlled the Somali capital of Mogadishu.U.S. officials are optimistic that Ali died in the attack, the official said.The strike killed at least two al-Shabab operatives, according to local news reports. An al-Shabab member said one of those killed in the attack was the group's bomb-making expert, also known as "Anta," The Associated Press reported. [...]In early October, members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six conducted an unsuccessful raid to "snatch" a top al-Shabab planner known by the moniker "Ikrima." He is described as having plotted attacks in eastern Africa.