Thu, May 01, 2008
But Will Not Confirm Reports Top Terrorist Was Killed
A Pentagon spokesman confirms US Central Command conducted a
strike against a known al-Qaida target in Somalia Wednesday... but
officials would not confirm news reports that the strike killed
Aden Hashi Ayro, the head of al-Qaida in Somalia, nor the means
used in the strike.
"When you have something like this, there is a certain amount of
analysis that goes on," said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman.
"While you are conducting that analysis, you want to be careful not
to provide any information that potentially could be of use to the
The strike was near Dusa Mareb, north of the Somali capital of
Mogadishu. Various news reports state as many as four AC-130
gunships (shown above) were involved in the surgical
Whitman said the strike is an example of US policy in the war on
"We will pursue terrorists worldwide," he said. "The US is
committed to identifying, locating, capturing and, if necessary,
killing terrorists wherever they operate, train, plan their
operations, or seek safe havens."
News reports said the strike killed between 8-12 people. US
officials have no information that substantiates any civilians
being killed or injured.
(ANN thanks Jim Garamone, American Forces Press
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