U.S. drone strike in Somalia kills suspected Al Shabaab members
October 28th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

U.S. drone strike in Somalia kills suspected Al Shabaab members

By Barbara Starr

A U.S. military drone strike in southern Somalia killed two suspected Al Shabaab members, two U.S. officials confirm to CNN.

One of those killed was described by one of the officials as Anta, considered a top technical and explosives expert for the al Qaeda-affiliated group.

He was "a person of interest we had been tracking," the official said.

The other individual killed was not identified. However, it was not Mohamed Abdikadir Mohamed, said to be one of the most dangerous Al Shabaab commanders and known as Ikrima.

Navy Seals sought but failed to capture him in recent weeks during a raid on his compound.

September's deadly shopping mall attack in Nairobi, for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility, have raised terror concerns in the region.

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Gorj

    all i can say is, GOOD JOB !!!

    October 29, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • Gerald O'Hare

      Thank you, Gorj. Spoken like a true, half witted, hillbilly Tea Partier from the South. Did you ever finish grade school? It doesn't appear that way by what you posted above!!!

      October 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Bonga

        And you must be one of those angry liberal/socialist/communist individuals that hates the USA and it's freedom.

        October 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  2. ShiverMeTimbers

    The real terrorist in the ME are Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both support Al-CIAduh. :-)

    October 29, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
    • Uncommon sense

      Think you will find that really it is Islam which motivates most terrorism. It is a crime against humanity!

      October 29, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
      • Arya Bagherpour

        "Islam" is just the cover story for CIA operations.

        October 29, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • George patton

      Well stated, ShiverMeTimbers and Arya. Yes, the C.I.A. itself is the biggest terrorist organization ever to be created in the annals of mankind! Look at what happened in South Vietnam in 1963, Iran in 1953, Chile in 1973, Indonesia in 1965 and the list goes on and on and on and.................!!!

      October 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  3. aj freeman

    How do you go to war on terror when it's war that's terrorizing?

    October 29, 2013 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well said, aj freeman. Thank you.

      October 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  4. aj

    How do u go to war on terror when it's war that's terrorizing?

    October 29, 2013 at 4:04 am | Reply
  5. Nice shootin tex

    I do like me some awesome war-machines but lets not fergit to reflect on the past so we don't end up with another Nixon/Kissinger. If the middle-east politics of those screwups had never taken place and led up to the current terrorist menace that we have to deal with, how many thousands of lives and trillions of dollars would be hanging around today?

    October 29, 2013 at 3:57 am | Reply
  6. TGM

    Any action that reduces the number of 'British Muslims' drawing down unearned welfare, is cause for celebration. Well done .

    October 29, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply
  7. Name*sun kum

    Actually these radical mind people have a strategy to take wives of other people ever wondered why they practice polygamy. African countries have a long history of. Violence usa must strategically partner with china to counter such people who enslave woman.

    October 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • mau mau

      Why comment that Africans have a history of violence? keep your kkk ideals to urself

      October 29, 2013 at 4:07 am | Reply
  8. Love Peace

    Rest in pieces fellas good night

    October 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  9. RMRondo

    Its insane how much people hate on drone strikes when in reality drone strikes have saved way more people than they have killed because the alternatives require much more destruction. I want everyone to think the next time they rail against the drones if they would want to send one of their family members into some far away land to fight when we could just do it without risking anyone's life (minus the terrorist on the receiving end of the drone's fury). Also you can't say we shouldn't fight at all because choosing to not defend yourself against someone trying to kill you is the same as killing yourself cause the guy screaming Allah Akbar is defiantly not going to hesitate when he opens up on a crowd of defenseless people.

    October 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  10. George patton

    What a bunch of drone loving morons we have here! I wonder just how any one of these half wits would feel if some member of their family or friend of theirs were to be on the receiving end of one of those monsters. I bet they'd change their tune in that case!!! These murders are a national disgrace to all of us open minded Americans!

    October 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • JohnathanA

      Drones do a great job of killing muslim terrorists.
      Yes, there are a lot more to be killed; however, we are killing them.
      It does not matter where muslim terrorists hide, we find them and send them to allah.

      October 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • Gerald O'Hare

        Gee JohnathanA, do you really harbor that kind of hatred toward the Muslims? A man named Adolf Hitler once felt the same way about the Jews in Germany and we all know what that led to! Nothing good ever comes from hating, nothing at all!

        October 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • RMRondo

      How would you fight them George. Tens of thousands of infantry on the ground cause the collateral damage will be threw the roof or not fight them at all and give them free reign to butcher every innocent person they can get at.

      October 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Without drones targeting individual terrorists we'd be back to the days of "Shock and Awe" warfare as in Iraq, or B-52's carpet bombing the Ho Chi Minh trail with thousands of Vietnamese being killed as in collateral damage. It ain't perfect, but war ain't a perfect solution either.

      October 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  11. Reggie Gill

    Why keep fooling around? Just nuke the whole area and the innocents can be martyrs. Wipe them all out once and for all and move on to others if they still have any balls to push the USA!

    October 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Posted like another run of the mill, half witted hillbilly Tea Partier from the South!!! Thank you, Reggie. Good grief, how dumb can one get?

      October 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • JohnathanA

        Imbecile, you just insults for the sake of insult with nothing valid in your insults.

        October 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
      • Yankee Mike Bravo

        Murder 1/4 of the world's population?? Wow, you have designs on being the greatest mass murderer in history, more than Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler and Attila the Hun put together. You must be a follower of the Prince of Peace.

        October 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
      • Star259

        Stop trying to be superior! You must have a pathetic life, that you want to be superior on CNN's comments forum!

        October 29, 2013 at 12:48 am |
    • Star259

      Good on you , Reggie, wish you had the ICBM codes!

      October 29, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  12. acrabahyiouspe

    Excellent. That's 2 fewer dangerous terrorist leaders.

    Now, we also need to encourage secularism in the Arab/Muslim world to counter the rising Islamofascist movement.

    That's how to cure the disease. Drone strikes only treat the symptoms.

    October 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Thoth

      There was no "Islamofascist" activity in Iraq, but after a trillion has been spent on an overthrow/occupation over the last decade using drone strikes, bunker busters, "targeted" kilings, "shock & awe", etc., now there's an official Al Qaeda Iraq branch wreaking havoc every day (just look at the headlines), and spreading.

      Do you really trust everything your politicians tell you in far-away situations where there is minimal oversight (we don't even know the names of the officials confirming the story)? Your argument is that killing more people in these places is going to create less terrorism? What you are suggesting is putting out sparks with propane and taking no responsibility for the fire.

      October 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • RMRondo

        The point of the fighting all these different battles around the Arab world is not to end terrorism but simply to prevent terrorist from launching a massive 9/11 scale attack on the mainland U.S. The truth is by creating all these different battlefields on the other side of the world we not only stretch terrorist organizations thinner and thinner but we also give them another place to fight us instead of the mainland U.S.A. Instead of launching attacks on innocent civilians here they have to fight battle hardened U.S. troops on the other side of the world. It's called " the best defense is a good offense."

        October 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  13. Mike

    I hope there is more to this story than what is reported here. If not, this was murder committed in our name.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      And while you're at it "dump" on all nation-states that ever went to war and every combat veteran from said states and tell them how "bad" and morally bankrupt they are...

      October 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • Thoth

        Going to war is generally done at the behest of those who stand to profit the most from it, whether they're banksters (Morgan, Rockefeller), or defense contractors (Carlyle, Bush/Cheney); dragging the people along requires only some manipulation and propaganda (like Hill&Knowlton's Incubabor Babies of Gulf War 1). The "heroes" who go overseas and destroy other people and nations are rarely held accountable for carrying out unjust orders, even after the lesson of the Nuremberg trials, which was that "just following orders" is not an excuse. This is not to excuse all the higher-ups, but ultimately someone has to say no, because when all this comes around it's not going to be pretty.

        October 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
      • Jack Hollis

        Thank you, Thoth. I couldn't have said it better myself. It's great to see intelligent people posting here instead of all these ignorant, warmongering, drone loving idiots who can't think their way out of a wet paper bag!

        October 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
      • Trevor

        Jack- And hence the reason you're not "in charge" of anything but yourself...

        November 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Ryan

      Agreed, very discomforting.

      October 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Yankee Mike Bravo

      C'mon Mike....you know that "murder" is defined as unlawful killing. Over a decade, the Congress authorized the President to use "all necessary force" to fight terrorism. This was not murder.

      We don't send a U.S. marshal into the heart of Somalia to attempt to arrest a terrorist. So what would you suggest we do when we learn the location of one of these mass killers? What would YOU do?

      October 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  14. JohnRJohnson

    Wow! Ten years ago a lot of people commenting here were probably celebrating the "shock & awe" carpet bombing of Baghdad, which probably killed thousands of civilians. But, Obama orders a surgical drone strike on known hideout of terrorists in Somalia and he's a fascist dictator.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Johnny 5

      I wasn't celebrating 10 years ago nor am I now. Only disturbed individuals would cheer on over a decade of mass killing.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        The only people who wouldn't be happy about today are terrorists!

        October 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Chris

      Don't mistake people rallying behind someone that's lying to them for people enjoying drone strikes and bombs. Things were different then. We know now for sure that we are being lied to and spied on.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      We didn't "carpet bomb" Bagdad...the use of PGMs was more than 2 to 1 vs non-guided munitions. You do know this right? Lots of ignorant comments coming from people (to include yourself), but CNN doesn't seem to be too concerned with QC'ing comments for accuracy and seem to often gives them a pass for their own "shock and awe"...

      October 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • BBB

      That wasn't carpet bombing.

      October 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  15. Cadiz

    Great news as far as I am concerned. The more Al-Shabab members they kill the better.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  16. John Jacob

    Pathetic waste of Tax Payers money, when we are being told there is no money. So they close the US down with there stupid political games but spend millions on a bomb to kill two people who the majority of us don't even care about. Who's winning the War on Terror, oh yeah, the Terrorists.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      Wrong, John. it's the right-wing politicians in Washington along with those making money out of these obnoxious wars!

      October 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  17. Dennis

    Terrorists be warned.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  18. shehar39

    How many civilians died during this one??

    October 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • JohnRJohnson

      Fewer than the number of civilians killed in the Nairobi attack.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  19. David

    Who cares anymore?

    October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  20. Andrew

    Feel like having Shabaab Kabobs for dinner tonight!

    October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  21. flaitguy

    Super news!!

    October 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  22. JoJo

    How many more drone strikes will it take before Obama gets another Nobel Peace Prize?

    October 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  23. TheRipper

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    Skinnies 12 O' Clock! Firing!

    KA BLAMMO!!!!!!

    Direct hit!

    BYE BYE Skinnies!

    October 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  24. Arya Bagherpour

    Welcome to the new America, where being suspected of a crime is a death sentence.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • TheRipper

      Don't be up to no good and you won't have anything to worry about! Right?!

      October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • Bo

        Yeah, because the band of fascist criminals in Washington can be trusted to determine who's really up to "no good" or not.

        October 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
      • Arsio

        Sending unmanned drones to kill innocent civilians and "suspected" is cowardly and international crime.

        October 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • Trevor

        Arsio- And you "know" they're "innocent"? I'll put my money on folks on the ground tracking these people vs yourself that are not involved and have no clue...

        October 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Arsio

      Exactly...my thought!!!

      October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • flaitguy

      Also known as war.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
      • Arya Bagherpour

        Oh really? I missed Congresses official declaration of war. Oh, I see, I didn't miss that did I, because they never declared war on anyone. What was that about "war" again?

        October 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Dennis

      Too Bad, So Sad.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • RMRondo

      I've never heard of a drone strike in the U.S. so your point is totally invaild

      October 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
      • Arya Bagherpour

        How exactly is it "invalid?" Or is it only "invalid" because you choose to ignore the point made? (Hint: This is a rhetorical question)

        October 29, 2013 at 5:20 am |
      • RMRondo

        The point he was trying to make is that the president has the ability to murder anyone with the push of a button without a trial by using a drone. My point was that drones are never going to be used to blow up U.S. criminals because the U.S. legal system wont allow it so this "new America" is a fallacy and thus his point is invalid.

        October 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  25. L James

    "A person of interest we have been tracking" – LOL so basically that's half the US population.

    Also these names are hilarious – Al Shabaab sounds like a knockoff kabaab restaurant.

    This world is so effed up.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  26. Bo

    Great, it only cost us like $20 million to kill two dirt farmers with AK-47's. At this rate we'll only need to spend like 300 billion more dollars to wipe out the rest of them (assuming nobody else joins, which doesn't seem very likely!)

    October 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • L James

      I think we should leverage our debt using peer to peer tactics in order to fund the inevitable fiscally responsible decision to eliminate all terror threats utilizing real-time action-items with our grown value-added mindshare to generate holistic systems in order to deliver efficient bandwidth and exploit granular experiences. Then we can engineer real-time bandwidth using our whiteboard global web-readiness so that we can redefine 24/365 functionalities. Engineering seamless systems to repurpose user-centric initiatives will empower customized functionalities and deliver transparent markets thereby solving the US debt problem.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Old Enough

        You made Dilbert Proud. I'm going to copy that and put in my weekly engineering report.

        October 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Reggie Gill

      Money well spent, and especially if you can get in the way as collateral damage. No loss, that's for sure!

      October 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  27. Johnny 5

    More killing! yayyy what wonderful news CNN. Do tell us more about slaughter and death asap for we need more fear to run on.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  28. John Jacob

    Wonder how many innocents Obama killed to get two people who have no interest in the United States.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • L James

      Well they are merely collateral damage. It was there fault for not being born in America.

      Hey CNN? Why don't you talk to us more about that nuke Lindsey Graham said was going to blow up South Carolina?

      .....nevermind just go back to a white on black self defense murder and ignore the black gangs robbing and killing middle class white people you hypocritical d-bags

      October 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • George patton

        Good posting, L. James. Thank you.

        October 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Johnny 5

      Obama doesn't count the innocents nor does he appear to care.

      October 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Reggie Gill

        Why should he? They are lucky he doesn't just nuke their whole country. I would have, long ago. Kill them all!

        October 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  29. J Fusco

    Reblogged this on From the Bridge Blog.

    October 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply

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