There are reports Monday that the US military has carried out a missile attack in Somalia and that its target was a suspected militant leader with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabab. The man allegedly is, or was, a prominent figure in both arganisations.
The missile attack took place in southern Somalia, near the town of Barawe. It targeted a vehicle in the area.
Early Monday US officials are still trying to assess whether or not the missle attack was successful. A previous attempt to capture the terror leader failed.
Both terrorist groups have been depleted by proactive methods used by African Union forces.
According to Al Jazeera a rebel leader has claimed that Sahal Iskudhuq, a militant commander, died Sunday when his car was hit by a US drone attack.
US military leaders are staying tight-lipped, at least for now, on who was the target of the atack. The US operates unmanned drones in the region, targeting known rebels. American intelligence services are assesing the operation and its effectiveness.
Opinion: Inevitably civilians will die in such attacks. The aim of the program may be to rid the region of perceived and known terrorists but if it results in the deaths of civilians it will help breed more insurgents with hate in their hearts and an axe to grind.