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Aircraft attack al Qaeda haven in Somalia
Armed Forces Press Service ^ | January 9, 2007 | Jim Garamone

Posted on 01/09/2007 8:06:00 AM PST by skippermd

1/9/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFNEWS) -- Air Force AC-130 gunships struck al Qaeda targets in Somalia Jan. 8, news sources reported last night.

The operation allegedly hit al Qaeda concentrations in the southern part of the country, but Pentagon officials did not comment.

The Navy 5th Fleet moved the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower into the waters off Somalia in an effort to capture al Qaeda terrorists attempting to flee the country, a 5th Fleet spokesman said.

Officials of the United Nations-recognized Somali government said the strikes were aimed at al Qaeda terrorists who planned the attacks against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

The Ethiopian military entered Somalia Dec. 24 with the mission of neutralizing the Council of Islamic Courts, a Muslim extremist group that took power in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The Ethiopian forces took the capital in 10 days and terrorists and their sympathizers allegedly moved south toward the border with Kenya to escape.

More U.S. ships are moving into the waters off Somalia to reinforce the maritime interdiction effort there, said U.S. 5th Fleet officials.

(Excerpt) Read more at af.mil ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; eastafrica; mogadishu; somalia; wot

1 posted on 01/09/2007 8:06:04 AM PST by skippermd
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To: skippermd

Paging Mr. Burns, Mr. Burns, please pick up the White Courtesy phone.


2 posted on 01/09/2007 8:07:31 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: skippermd

terrorists and their sympathizers allegedly moved south toward the border with Kenya to escape.




in other words, the cowards ran away


3 posted on 01/09/2007 8:09:18 AM PST by RacerX1128
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To: skippermd
Air Force AC-130 gunships struck al Qaeda targets in Somalia Jan. 8, news sources reported last night.

Gunships, plural. One will ruin your whole life, two ...

Yeehaw

Lots of Al Qaeda got to meet their god, but no virgins for them, just a rather "warm" reception.

4 posted on 01/09/2007 8:13:59 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: skippermd

Knock..Knock.....You're Dead!
5 posted on 01/09/2007 8:14:18 AM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: RacerX1128
in other words, the cowards ran away

AC-130 motto: "You can run, but then you'll just be tired when you die."

6 posted on 01/09/2007 8:15:30 AM PST by Hugin
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To: skippermd

Avenging Black Hawk Down.

Back in 1993, the US Forces were "fighting to the oldies", sound track blaring to the staccato blasts from machine gun fire.

This time, a rapid-fire laser-aimed aerial gun platform comes whipping in, placing highly accurate bursts in defined targets, with devastating results.

Bet they're sorry now, they got the Americans all steamed up.


7 posted on 01/09/2007 8:16:33 AM PST by alloysteel (Character is a private trait. Reputation is the public aspect that is revealed.)
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To: skippermd; All

in the meantime, the DU is outraged..

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x3074528


8 posted on 01/09/2007 8:17:08 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: skippermd; NormsRevenge; Dog; TexKat; blam; Marine_Uncle

fyi


9 posted on 01/09/2007 8:18:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: skippermd

It is interesting.

We on FR have been following raw news of the conflict in Somalia for a couple of weeks.

FoxNews and the other MSM seem to have just found the story the last couple of days.

No wonder the MSM detest the unfiltered Internet.


10 posted on 01/09/2007 8:20:28 AM PST by TomGuy
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"Due to rapidly developing events in Somalia, U.S. Central Command has tasked USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to join USS Bunker Hill, USS Ramage, USS Anzio and USS Ashland to support ongoing maritime security operations off the coast of Somalia," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for 5th Fleet in Bahrain.


The ships will stop vessels and search them for al Qaeda terrorists attempting to escape from Somalia, officials said.


Press reports said the AC-130 attacks hit an area called Ras Kamboni, a heavily forested area near the Kenyan border. The area is allegedly a terror training base. Press reports said there were casualties in the area, and Somali officials said they had captured 28 suspected al Qaeda terrorists.
11 posted on 01/09/2007 8:20:50 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All

I guess Yeman took all they could accomodate......


12 posted on 01/09/2007 8:22:07 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
typo .....guess it should be .... Yemen
13 posted on 01/09/2007 8:23:36 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: skippermd

As I pointed out on the first thread to report this, I am immensely gratified: as the FR archives will show, I was advocating deployment of AC-130H's in support of the Ethiopians from the moment they went in.


14 posted on 01/09/2007 8:28:26 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: skippermd

If I read that right they're launching C-130's off of carrier decks?


15 posted on 01/09/2007 8:31:11 AM PST by lewislynn (!)
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To: lewislynn

Not C-130s, but AC-130s. I've seen it done, its possible.


16 posted on 01/09/2007 8:34:42 AM PST by skippermd
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To: lewislynn

http://www.theaviationzone.com/factsheets/c130_forrestal.asp


17 posted on 01/09/2007 8:37:00 AM PST by skippermd
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To: alloysteel
The AC-130 was requested by, but DENIED to the US forces(too overt) in '93. Think of the difference that could have made then.
18 posted on 01/09/2007 8:39:40 AM PST by RedQuill
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To: alloysteel

"Avenging Black Hawk Down." It's about time, too. No doubt this mission was successful in part (and not broadcast in advance thereby alerting the terrorists) due to no embedded reporters. (At least I don't think so.) God bless our troops for continued success!


19 posted on 01/09/2007 8:40:57 AM PST by fishergirl (Proud mom of an Iraq war veteran - to all our veterans Thank You and God Bless)
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To: skippermd

As another freeper said last night:

While the Democrats were home watching a football game, the president was bombing Somalia.


20 posted on 01/09/2007 8:46:34 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: lewislynn

I believe they're stationed in Djbouti (Sp?)
AC-130U 'Spooky II'

The AC-130U, commonly referred to as "U-Boat", is the most complex aircraft weapons system in the world today. It has more than 609,000 lines of software code in its mission computers and avionics systems. The newest addition to the command fleet, it is the latest in a long line of heavily-armed, side-firing gunships and is named "Spooky II" in honor of the first gunship model, the AC-47D. All other AC-130s are referred to as "Spectre". The prototype AC-130U (#87-0128) made its first flight on 20 December 1990. The initial flight test period lasted through 21 December 1991 and consisted of 48 test flights, a total of 165 hours.

The "Spooky II" gunship program consists of 13 new Lockheed C-130H airframes modified by Boeing with improved armament, advanced sensors, a Hughes APG-180 fire control radar system, GPS, the ALQ-172 Electronic Countermeasure System, an ALR-56M radar warning receiver, an APR-46A panoramic receiver, and an AAR-44 infrared warning receiver integrated with a series of ALE-40 chaff & flare dispensers. The modifications allow the aircraft to perform the full range of special operations and conventional gunship missions, at night and in adverse weather. These aircraft also have the capability to loiter for long periods over targets, while providing precision fire support.

A multi-mode strike radar provides extreme long-range target detection and identification. It is able to track 40mm and 105mm projectiles and return pinpoint impact locations to the crew for subsequent adjustment to the target. The fire control system offers a Dual Target Attack capability, whereby two targets up to one kilometer apart can be simultaneously engaged by two different sensors, using two different guns. No other air-ground attack platform in the world offers this capability.

Targeting equipment installed in the gunship includes an advanced All-Light Level Television (ALLTV) system with a laser illuminator, laser target designator, laser range finder, infrared detection set, and night vision goggles for the pilots. Navigational devices include the inertial navigation system (INS) and global positioning system (GPS).

The side-firing weapons array consists of one 25mm GAU-12 Gatling gun (firing 1,800 rounds per minute), one 40mm L60 Bofors cannon (with a selectable firing rate of single shot or 120 rounds per minute) and one 105mm M-102 Howitzer cannon (firing 6 to 10 rounds per minute). Defensive systems include a countermeasures dispensing system that releases chaff and flares to counter radar infrared-guided antiaircraft missiles. Also, infrared heat shields mounted underneath the engines disperse and hide engine heat sources from infrared-guided antiaircraft missiles.

The AC-130U is pressurized, enabling it to fly at higher altitudes, saving fuel and time, and allowing for greater range than the AC-130H. An inflight refueling capability is also provided.

All AC-130Us are currently assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and serve with the 4th SOS, part of the 16th SOW, at Hurlburt Field, Florida.


21 posted on 01/09/2007 9:14:54 AM PST by E.Allen
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To: lewislynn

It is possible.... but no likely. More likely it is just poor writing.


22 posted on 01/09/2007 9:14:57 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: E.Allen; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice description of these dragons in the air. Surely Spooky II can make a huge difference. To many Freepers seem to think A/G missions that incorporate carpet bombing can cover the scope of what is required for A/G support. The Spookes are surely able to concentrate very lethal fire power just where it is needed.


23 posted on 01/09/2007 9:39:59 AM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten


"Excellent."
24 posted on 01/09/2007 9:41:49 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You'll shoot your eye out, kid)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Somali officials said they had captured 28 suspected al Qaeda terrorists, all with soiled laundry, no doubt!
25 posted on 01/09/2007 9:49:37 AM PST by Don Carlos (My dog ate my sarcasm tag)
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To: Don Carlos

Piglousy: How dare you bomb somalia Mr. Pres. without asking us first.

Dubya: But you guys took off on Mon. to watch a football game at 7pm...


26 posted on 01/09/2007 10:00:35 AM PST by bicyclerepair (http://www.therightbrothers.com)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I knew you'd be pleased :)


27 posted on 01/09/2007 10:02:40 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: lewislynn

No, not off the carriers. They are operating from land bases.


28 posted on 01/09/2007 10:17:52 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: lewislynn

You read it wrong.


29 posted on 01/09/2007 4:52:26 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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