U.S. Military Airstrike in Somalia Targets Senior Terrorist Leader


In cooperation with the Somali government, the U.S. military conducted an airstrike yesterday in Somalia against Hassan Ali Dhoore, a senior leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group, who is part of al-Qaida, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook reported today.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook addresses reporters' questions during a briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 19, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said officials still are assessing the results of an airstrike in Somalia against a senior leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook addresses reporters' questions during a briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 19, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Somalia Airstrike Statement
In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said officials still are assessing the results of an airstrike in Somalia against a senior leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Photo By: Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
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In a statement, Cook said officials still are assessing the operation’s results.

Removing Dhoore from the battlefield would be a significant blow to al-Shabab's operational planning and ability to conduct attacks against Somalia’s government and its citizens, against U.S. partners in the region, and against Americans abroad, the press secretary said.

Involved in High-Profile Attacks

In addition to being part of al-Qaida, Cook said, Dhoore was a member of al-Shabab's Amniyat security and intelligence wing, and he was heavily involved in high-profile attack planning in Mogadishu. He had planned and overseen attacks resulting in the death of at least three U.S. citizens, the press secretary added.

Dhoore played a direct role in the Dec. 25, 2014, attack on Mogadishu International Airport, resulting in the death of several African Union Mission in Somalia personnel and a U.S. citizen, Cook said. He also was directly responsible for the March 27, 2015, attack on the Maka al-Mukarram Hotel in Mogadishu that killed 15 people, including a Somali-American national, and was believed to have been plotting attacks targeting U.S. citizens in Mogadishu, he added.