A Navy SEAL team killed a senior al-Shabab militant from his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe early Saturday, the New York Times reports. This comes in response to the deadly terrorist attack on upscale Westgate Mall in the Westlands area of Nairobi, Kenya. Al Shabab militant leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was last known to be living in that home.
Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.
“The Baraawe raid was planned a week and a half ago,” said an American security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity about a classified operation. “It was prompted by the Westgate attack,” he added, referring to the mall in Nairobi that was overrun by militants two weeks ago, leaving more than 60 dead.
Witnesses in the area described a firefight lasting over an hour, with helicopters called in for air support. A senior Somali government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the raid, saying, “The attack was carried out by the American forces and the Somali government was pre-informed about the attack.”
Of course, the right wing will not give President Obama any credit for this raid, but this shows he’s not the foreign policy weakling they are trying to paint him as.