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U.S. strikes target elusive terrorist leader in Somalia

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The U.S. used drones and other air assets to go after a militant leader. (Source: CBS) The U.S. used drones and other air assets to go after a militant leader. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - The United States is taking a stance against terrorists in east Africa.

The Pentagon confirms an operation against the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia.

Pentagon officials say the U.S. launched a drone strike on Monday into Somalia in an attempt to kill members of the terrorist organization known as al-Shabab.

Somali sources are quoted as saying the strike killed al -Shabab's leader Ahmed Godane, but Pentagon officials can't confirm that.

The strike occurred in the southeastern part of the country in an area known as an al-Shabab stronghold.

Al-Shabaab is the terrorist organization which attacked that mall in Kenya last year killing 67 people. The al-Shabaab leader said at the time the attack was carried out in retaliation for the West's support of Kenya in the war against al-Shabaab.

The U.S. has attempted to kill leaders of al-Shabaab before, including a daring commando raid last year which failed to get the leaders they were after.

This latest operation did not involve putting commandos on the ground but was carried out by drones and other U.S. aircraft.

Pentagon officials say it will be later before they know who, if anybody, they hit.

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