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US Drone Assassination in Somalia Might Increase Violence

By Editorial Staff | 09/05/2014
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NAIROBI, Kenya — Tuesday, the world learned that a US missile strike in southern Somalia on Monday had targeted Ahmed Godane, the leader of Al Shabaab, a terrorist with a $7 million bounty on his head. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Sept. 1 attack followed “ actionable intelligence” on Godane’s whereabouts but it…

If the US just killed Al Shabaab’s No. 1, things could get more violent, not less

If the violence will probably worsen, why did they do it?

According to the Washington Post, “although Godane has sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda, U.S. counterterrorism officials have been divided over how much of a direct threat al-Shabab poses to the United States.”

So why exactly has the military been orchestrating disruptive drone strikes on a militant group in Somalia that may or may not be a danger to the U.S.?

During a press conference on Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, “This action was taken because of the history of terrorist attacks and violence that this organization is responsible for and continues to be responsible for.”

According to the Post, Kirby defended U.S. intervention with claims that Al-Shabaab does indeed pose a direct threat to the country: “[He] said the group represents a broad threat beyond Somalia and asserted that it has targeted U.S. personnel in East Africa.”