US Launches Another Attack on Al Qaeda Terrorists in Somalia
More “Cause Celebre” for the jihadists…
The US launched at least two attacks on terrorists in Somalia after tracking them since with an aerial drone since their escape from Mogadishu on December 28, 2006.
The US sent in helicopter gunships later today into the same area they attacked yesterday.
Map of Somalia. The United States has launched air strikes on suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts in Somalia in its first overt military intervention in the lawless nation since the early 1990s. (AFP)
The US launched two attacks against the Al Qaeda terrorists who were hiding in Somalia. Aerial drones had been tracking the terrorists since they were pushed out of Mogadishu on December 28, 2006.
The identities of those killed could not be confirmed but officials said the targets of the raids included the senior Al-Qaeda leader in East Africa and an Al-Qaeda operative wanted in the embassy bombings that killed 224 people.
US officials have said bombing suspects Fazul Abdullah Mohamed, a native of the Comoros Islands, Kenyan Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and a Sudanese national, Abu Taha al-Sudan, (who has been in the area since the attacks on the US in the early ’90’s) are all hiding among the Somali Islamists.
Mohamed, who has a five-million-dollar bounty on his head, was indicted by a US federal grand jury for his role in the embassy attacks.
The three and other Islamist fighters were chased out of Mogadishu on December 28 by Ethiopian and Somali troops and, according to CBS News, were tracked by unmanned US aerial drones.
Monday’s raid came after Ethiopian and Somali troops routed the Islamists from their final stronghold in the southern port town of Kismayo, forcing them to flee into scrublands along the border with Kenya.
The jihadists must be suffering terribly. The AP is already putting out unverified innocent victim stories.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan national and wanted terrorist, was also a target of the attacks in southern Somalia.
The big fish the US is after is the Al Qaeda leader behind the US embassy attacks in 1998…
FBI Most Wanted Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was the target. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s terrorist cell has previously attempted to use surface-to-air missiles to shoot down an Israeli passenger aircraft departing Mombasa for Tel Aviv.
** Abu Talha al Sudani, the other Al Qaeda leader targeted in the attacks, planned a trip to Somalia in 1993 with other al-Qaeda figures to oppose U.S. forces there. He says he received explosives training from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in the early 1990s.
The Independent reported today… “Ethiopia’s prime minister said in an interview published today that suspected terrorists from Canada, Britain, Pakistan and elsewhere have been among those taken prisoner or injured in the military operations in Somalia.”
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