NAIROBI, Kenya — A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabaab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility. The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago. The Shabaab leader was believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEALS were forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. The F.B.I. sent dozens of agents to Nairobi after the shopping mall siege to help Kenyan authorities with the investigation. United States officials fear that the Shabab could attempt a similar attack on American soil, perhaps employing several of the group’s Somali-American recruits.
Prior Post: Sunday, March 28, 2010...Al-Shabaab Senior Commander Sheikh Daud Ali Hasan Assassinated by CIA Hit Team, Special Operations Group 'Navy Seals': Al-Shabab - Links with al-Qaeda - Has foreign fighters in its ranks - Well organised militarily and logistically and is the subject of hit teams from the CIA's Special Operations Group (SOG), A senior commander of the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabaab, has been shot dead at close range as he left a mosque in the city of Kismayo. 3 Unidentified gunmen shot Sheikh Daud Ali Hasan several times, inside an area of Somalia held by his own forces. Sheikh Hasan was in charge of front-line operations in the town of Dhobley, near the Kenyan border. A witness, Ahmed Daud, said: "At least three masked men armed with pistols shot Sheikh Daud Ali Hasan several times in the head and the chest as he was coming out of a mosque in Kismayo.
Special Operations Group (SOG) is the element within SAD responsible for paramilitary operations. These operations include collection of intelligence in hostile countries and regions, and all high threat military or intelligence operations that the U.S. government does not wish to be overtly associated with. As such, members of the unit (called Paramilitary Operations Officers) normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that would associate them with the United States government. If they are compromised during a mission, the government of the United States may deny all knowledge.
SAD/SOG has several hundred officers, almost all of them former members of Special operations forces (SOF) and most from the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). These units include the U.S. Army's Delta Force, Navy DEVGRU, Marine Force Recon, Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, MARSOC, Army Rangers, Air Force Combat Controllers, and Air Force Pararescuemen. The CIA's formal position for these individuals is "Paramilitary Operations Officers". These officers are then fully trained as clandestine intelligence operatives, otherwise known in the vernacular as "spies". The primary strengths of SAD/SOG Paramilitary Officers are agility, adaptability, and deniability. They often operate in small teams, typically with six operators, all with extensive military special operations expertise and specialized skills that do not exist in any other unit.They are also fully trained intelligence case officers with all the clandestine skills to collect HUMINT that come with that training. These officers often operate in remote locations behind enemy lines to carry out direct action (including raids and sabotage), conduct espionage by HUMINT assets, counter-intelligence, guerrilla or unconventional warfare (UW), and hostage rescue missions.
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