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Jun 11, 2011 4:47 PM by Matt Stafford

Obama counterterrorism advisor says Somali action setback for al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism says the death of an al-Qaida operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania is a huge setback for the terrorist organization and its allies.

A Somali minister earlier Saturday said officials in that country have determined that a man killed by security forces on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

John Brennan says the death provides a measure of justice to people who lost loved ones in the attacks. Brennan commended the efforts of the Somali government forces, saying they struck a significant blow against those in the region seeking to carry out terrorist attacks.

The blasts killed 224 people. Most were Kenyans. Twelve Americans also died.

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