Saturday’s stealthy assault on Barawe Somalia was by the same US navy Seal unit that killed Osama bin Laden. George Little, the US defence secretary, said Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, also known as Ikrima, was the focus of the pre-dawn amphibious assault that was beaten back after a heavy firefight. The Pentagon identified Abdulkadir as a top commander in the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.There are conflicting reports of how Ikrima survived Saturday’s stealthy assault. One source claimed Abdulkadir was inside the targeted house and sustained injuries, while his special bodyguard, a non-Somali, was killed.
But in a voice recording posted on a pro-Shabaab website, its military spokesman Abdiasis Abu Mus’ab denied that any senior commander of the group was inside the house at the time. “We confirm that only security personnel were inside the house. No such high-target person was staying in the house.”
[March 8 2012]
[February 26]Osama bin Laden’s hideout is being demolished, bringing an end to a symbol of American resolve and Pakistani frustration over how the operation was conducted.
Navy SEAL Team Six raided the Abbottabad compound in May 2011 and killed the al Qaeda leader. The United States did not tell Pakistan about the raid until it was over.
[May 2, 2011]