Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question

On September 1, the leader of the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabaab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in a US-led drone strike in an al-Shabaab stronghold in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. The drone strike coincided with an ongoing military offensive launched August 25 by both the African Union Mission to Somalia and the Somali government forces. The long-term implications of impact of Godane’s death are difficult to assess.

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