Somali men watch the news on September 6, 2014 in Mogadishu on a television set where is broadcasted a portrait of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab slain leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, recently killed in a US air strike. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB
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The new leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab rebels is thought to be one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief, but may have been named as a figurehead, experts said Sunday.Al-Shabab acknowledged in a statement Saturday that former leader Ahmad Abdi Godane had died in a U.S. airstrike last Monday. Very little is known about Abu Ubaidah, and a senior Al-Shabab official only described him as having been very close to Godane, a hard-liner who had overseen the group's transformation from local insurgency to major regional guerrilla threat.Sources close to Al-Shabab said Abu Ubaidah was thought to have been involved in a major internal purge that took place last year, when Godane eliminated several key rivals including a commander who had been tipped as a potential successor.
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