WAR ON TERROR

U.S. Kills al Qaeda Target in Somalia

On the same day Osama bin Laden took to the airwaves, an American helicopter gunned down al Qaeda commander Saleh Ali Nabhan, a leader of Somalia’s al Shabab organization, which works closely with al Qaeda, The Guardian reports. Nabhan was allegedly involved in the deaths of 229 people when American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed in 1998, as well as a 2002 attack on a hotel in Mombasa and a botched missile attack on an Israel-bound Mombasa airplane. Nabhan was traveling by car south of Mogadishu when U.S. special forces opened fire on his vehicle; two other passengers were killed, and two others were wounded and captured. The Pentagon and White House declined to comment on Nabhan’s death.