So, did we hit the target? Maybe:
Although there is talk that reports of Godane’s death are premature:
More on Ahmed Abdi Godane:
CBS News correspondent David Martin reported that the operation was an airstrike and involved no “boots on the ground.”
A senior Somali intelligence official told the AP that a U.S. drone targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane as he left a meeting of the group’s top leaders. Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, is the group’s spiritual leader under whose direction the Somali militants forged an alliance with al Qaeda.
The Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the media, said intelligence indicated Godane “might have been killed along with other militants.” The official said the attack took place in a forest near Sablale district, 105 miles south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabaab trains its fighters.
And we were assured repeatedly that there were no “boots on the ground”:
No “boots on the ground”? But what about the the 120 soldiers already on the ground, revealed back in July. From the archives:
Exit question: Why parrot the line there are no “boots on the ground” when we know there are?