Pentagon confirms death of Daesh, Shabaab leaders


Two leaders killed in separate airstrikes in Libya, Somalia

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday confirmed the deaths of senior leaders of al-Shabaab and Daesh in separate strikes. 

“The Department of Defense confirms that Abdirahman Sandhere, also known as ‘Ukash,’ a senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al-Shabaab, is dead as a result of a U.S. military airstrike in Somalia undertaken on Dec. 2,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. 

He added that two other al-Shabaab associates were also killed in the strike that targeted Sandhere but he did not give details.

“The United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal — financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military — to dismantle al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups who threaten United States, interests and persons,” he said. 

The Pentagon also confirmed that a Daesh leader operating in Libya named Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was also killed in an airstrike Nov. 13. 

A Pentagon spokesman said Abu Nabil was an Iraqi national and a longtime al-Qaeda operative in Libya.

“While not the first U.S. strike against terrorists in Libya, this was the first U.S. strike against an ISIL leader in Libya,” he said.