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Al-Shabab Leader Killed

A US air strike over the weekend in Somalia killed a leader of al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant group al-Shabab, the US military announced yesterday. Somalia's government confirmed the death of Abdullahi Nadir, the group's head prosecutor who was expected to assume leadership from ailing leader Ahmed Diriye. The US had offered a $3M reward for information leading to Nadir's capture.

Formed in the early 2000s, al-Shabab controls portions of southwestern Somalia and has been responsible for carrying out deadly attacks throughout East Africa (see background). As Somali government forces have made advances against the group in recent weeks, al-Shabab launched a string of fresh attacks, including

a triple car bombing yesterday that killed at least 20 people.

The US has provided counterterrorism assistance to Somali forces since 2003, conducting over 250 strikes (see numbers). In May, President Joe Biden redeployed 500 US troops to support Somalia's counterinsurgency against al-Shabab.

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