Skip to comments.Aircraft attack al Qaeda haven in Somalia
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.
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Paging Mr. Burns, Mr. Burns, please pick up the White Courtesy phone.
terrorists and their sympathizers allegedly moved south toward the border with Kenya to escape.
Gunships, plural. One will ruin your whole life, two ...
Lots of Al Qaeda got to meet their god, but no virgins for them, just a rather "warm" reception.
AC-130 motto: "You can run, but then you'll just be tired when you die."
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.
in the meantime, the DU is outraged..
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.
I guess Yeman took all they could accomodate......
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.
If I read that right they're launching C-130's off of carrier decks?
Not C-130s, but AC-130s. I've seen it done, its possible.
"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!
As another freeper said last night:
While the Democrats were home watching a football game, the president was bombing Somalia.
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