Official: U.S. airstrike in Somalia targets suspected militant leader

Events like this of late seem to occur when the national attention is elsewhere. In light of this, it shouldn’t be surprising if a nation takes advantage of the Sochi Winter Olympics as a distraction, as Putin did with his invasion of Georgia under the cover of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

While you were distracted with the Grammys:

(CNN) — The U.S. military conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Sunday against a suspected militant leader, a U.S. military official told CNN.

The target was described by the official as a “senior leader” affiliated with al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia.

The United States has not yet been able to determine whether the target was killed, the official said.

The U.S. military official said Sunday’s strike involved missiles. No U.S. troops were on the ground.

Al-Shabaab, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, has a relationship with al Qaeda that goes back several years. In 2012, the two groups effectively merged, said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

Al-Shabaab hopes to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state but has launched attacks in other countries as well.

In 2010, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, amid crowds of soccer fans watching televised screenings of the World Cup final. The bombings left 74 people dead.

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