‘ U.S. attack targeted senior leaders of Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, officials say. CNN’s Elise Labott reports (2 Sept 2014)’.
The news agency AFP reports that “US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday [, 2 September 2014], claiming ‘casualties’ but with no details if the main target was killed” . . . and the target might very well have been Abu-Zubayr . . . “Abu-Zubayr is the often used name [or kunya] for Shebab supreme commander Ahmed Abdi Godane, listed by the US State Department as one of the world’s eight top terror fugitives. The Pentagon have confirmed an ‘operation’ was carried out”.
The AFP report continues that the ” air strike on Monday [, 1 September] comes days after African Union troops and government forces launched a fresh offensive against Shebab strongholds aimed at seizing key ports, and cutting off an important source of revenue for the Islamist rebels. Shebab fighters have largely fled in the face of the offensive that began Friday [, 29 August], and [Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region] said the air strike was targeting Shebab commanders as they gathered for a meeting . . . Nur said the strike hit a Shebab hideout used as a training camp for suicide bombers, in remote villages of the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital. Godane, 37, who was reportedly trained in Afghanistan with the Taliban, took over the leadership of the Shebab in 2008 after then chief Adan Hashi Ayro was killed by a US missile attack. Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has recognised Godane as the head of the ‘mujahedeen’ in East Africa, although letters released after Osama bin Laden’s death show the late Saudi Islamist leader had lower regard for the Somali’s abilities. He is included in a third category of men on whom information warrants a $7-million reward, alongside Nigeria’s Boko Haram leader, but under the Taliban’s Mullah Omar, for whom a tip is worth up to $10 million, and Zawahiri, who fetches $25 million. The Shebab are fighting to topple Somalia’s internationally-backed government, and regularly launch attacks against state targets, as well as in neighbouring countries that contribute to the AU force. On Sunday [, 31 August], the Shebab carried out a car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in the capital Mogadishu”.
 “US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government” AFP (02 Sept 2014). http://news.msn.com/world/us-air-strike-in-somalia-targeting-shebab-leader-government.
 “US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government”.