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US raid in Somalia kills Al Qaeda chief

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United States special forces killed a top Al Qaeda terrorist in a lightning, helicopter-borne raid into Somalia Monday.

The raid targeted Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan-born Al Qaeda operative wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, a 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya, and the near-simultaneous, failed missile strike on an Israeli airliner taking off from Mombasa's airport.

Ali Nabhan and three associates died in Monday's raid, media reports said. The operation reflects both growing concerns that Somalia is becoming a haven for terrorists, and the US' willingness to hunt down and kill Al Qaeda members anywhere in the world.


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