World Briefs: U.S. airstrike targets Somali militant leader

December 30, 2014 5:08 AM

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. military launched an air strike in Somalia on Monday targeting a senior leader of the al Qaida-aligned al-Shabab militant group, the Pentagon said.

“The strike took place in the vicinity of Saakow, Somalia,” Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement. “At this time, we do not assess there to be any civilian or bystander casualties. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information, when appr...

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