MARGARET WARNER: Senior al-Qaida leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was one of six suspected militants killed on Monday in a daring daylight U.S. helicopter assault in southern Somalia. Nabhan was one of the most wanted al-Qaida operatives in the region, for the deadly 1998 East African embassy bombings and the bloody 2002 bombing of a Kenyan beach resort popular with Israelis.
National Public Radio reported today he also trained recruits from Minneapolis to join the ranks of a Somali group of Islamist militants, Al-Shabaab.
Nabhan was being sheltered in lawless Somalia by that group, which is believed to be loosely linked to al-Qaida. Al-Shabaab has fueled two decades of fighting in pursuit of its chief aim, to topple the Somali government.
The Pentagon refused to comment on yesterday's raid, but the Associated Press reported the attack was carried out by Navy SEALs and Army helicopters launched off two U.S. warships in the region...more..http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/asia/july-dec09/havens_09-16.html