The US raid in Somalia targeted a Kenyan of Somali origin known by the name Ikrima, US officials told Reuters on Sunday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they described the target as a foreign fighter commander for al Shabaab in Somalia.
The US has not formally named the target of the weekend raid in Somalia, in which Navy Seals stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe. One US official has previously said the target was neither killed or captured.
More top news
Stephen Fry has suggested that the "the patter of tiny feet" may be on the agenda following his wedding to Elliot Spencer.
More than a million adults in the UK may have been wrongly diagnosed with asthma, according to an NHS watchdog.
A whisky advert featuring David Beckham has been cleared by the advertising regulator.