Washington, DC — On the record from Pentagon Press Secretary George Little:
"I can confirm that yesterday, October 4, U.S. military personnel were involved in a counter terrorism operation against a known al-Shabaab terrorist. We are not prepared to provide additional detail at this time."
On background from a U.S. official:
This operation was aimed at capturing a high value al-Shabaab terrorist leader. No U.S. personnel were injured or killed.U.S. personnel took all necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in this operation and disengaged after inflicting some al Shabaab casualties. We are not in a position to identify those casualties.The U.S. military attempts to capture terrorists when at all possible. Even in these extreme operational circumstances the U.S. military is very cautious to minimize civilian casualties.