Armed Al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia December 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Somali authorities are trying to verify whether the leader of al-Shabab was killed or wounded in a U.S. airstrike, a government spokesman said Wednesday.The strikes, conducted by special operations forces using manned and unmanned aircraft, targeted Godane, 37, Shabab's spiritual leader, the U.S. confirmed Tuesday.Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, was publicly named as leader of Shabab in December 2007 and has since exercised command responsibility for the group's operations across Somalia, according to the National Counterterrorism Center.
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