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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

Many have commented here on my posts that deal with Iraq, that our administration "ignores" al-Qaeda now because they are so busy trying to achieve victory in Iraq.

They forget that some people actually CAN chew gum and walk at the same time.

Last night the news came over the wires that the US carried out a military strike, with an AC-130 gunship, against al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia.

The strike took place near the Kenyan border, according to a senior officer at the Pentagon. Other sources said it was launched at night from the U.S. military facility in neighboring Djibouti. It was based on joint military-CIA intelligence and on information provided by Ethiopian and Kenyan military forces operating in the border area.

It was the first acknowledged U.S. military action inside Somalia since 1994, when President Bill Clinton withdrew U.S. troops after a failed operation in Mogadishu that led to the deaths of 18 Army Rangers and Delta Force special operations soldiers.


One target of the strike, sources said, was Abu Talha al-Sudani, a Sudanese who is married to a Somali woman and has lived in Somalia since 1993 -- the year of the attack against U.S. troops that was chronicled in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down." In a 2001 U.S. court case against Osama bin Laden, Sudani was described by a leading witness as an explosives expert who was close to the al-Qaeda leader.

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In the CBS report it states that the targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reported. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

[UPDATE] Debbie at Right Truth says her wish was granted yesterday.

One of my wishes for the new year was more dead terrorists - not captured, not jailed - dead. My wish was granted yesterday. A United States Air Force AC-130 gunship opened fire on al-qaeda members in Somalia, ... the targets included the senior al-Qaida leader in East Africa and an al-Qaida operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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As long as it takes. And it's not just one person. We're talking about those who fed them, those who house them, those who harbor terrorists will be held accountable for this action. ---George Bush, President of the United States of America

"No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice."---George Bush, President of the United States of America

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Key front in war on terror, Somalia from Right Truth...