WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. is looking at the results and will provide more information when appropriate.
Monday’s action comes after Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there. The Pentagon statement did not indicate whether the U.S. action was related to the prison attack.
Syrian rebels give demands to Fiji
Fiji’s military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they’ve held captive for five days.
Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with U.N. officers.
3 held in N. Korea speak to media
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and – watched by officials as they spoke – called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day.
More fighting in Golan Heights
Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syria’s state news agency said the military killed many terrorists and destroyed a heavy machine gun in the fighting.
Plane crash victims ID’d in Colorado
Coroner’s officials have identified four of the five people killed in a small-plane crash north of Denver as a woman and her three children.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports Monday that the Weld County coroner says the crash killed 41-year-old Tori Rains-Wedan and her three sons, 15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins, Austin and Hunter. Officials haven’t named the pilot killed in Sunday’s crash.
Burning Man fest draws 66,000
The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 people as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.
Friday’s official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music festival 110 miles north of Reno, said Gene Seidlitz, manager of the agency’s Winnemucca District.
2nd Atlantic City casino closes
Atlantic City’s newest casino and its costliest failure has begun its two-day shutdown.
The $2.4 billion Revel Casino resort closed its hotel at 11 a.m. Monday. The casino closed at 6 a.m. today. Revel is one of three Atlantic City casinos closing down over the next two weeks.
The Showboat shut its doors Sunday, and Trump Plaza will do so Sept. 16.
Fast-food workers preparing protests
McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers.
Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests. Fells declined to specify what is in store for the protests in around 150 U.S. cities.