U.S. Confirms Death of al-Shabaab Leader Godane in Somalia Air Strike

The Pentagon today confirmed earlier reports by the Somalian government that an airstrike by U.S. forced had killed al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane Feisal Omar/Reuters

The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization.

"We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement.