Al-Shabaab Leader Ali Jabal Confirmed Dead
US Forces in Raid Against Islamic Extremists in Somalia
On July 30, U.S. forces took part in a raid near Tortoroow in southern Somalia that targeted a senior member of al-Shabab. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis updated the press in Washington, August 4,
“We can now confirm,” Davis said, “that the strike killed one of al-Shabaab’s senior leaders, Ali Mohammed Hussein, also known as Ali Jabal.”
The senior al-Shabab terrorist was one of the organization’s leaders, he added, responsible for leading al-Shabaab forces operating in the Mogadishu and Banadir regions, and planning and executing attacks against the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Hussein used the Lower Shabelle region, a known al-Shabaab safe haven, as a hub for these activities, Davis said, adding that his removal disrupts al-Shabaab’s ability to plan and conduct attacks in Mogadishu and to co-ordinate efforts among al-Shabaab regional commanders.
“We continue to work there in Somalia in coordination with our partners with the Somali Defense Forces and other allies,” he said, “to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab and to help achieve and bring stability and security throughout the region.”
Source: US Department of Defense
Image: US Army, Operation Restore Hope, Somalia 1992.