Skip to comments.Failed Navy SEALs raid on Somali target could bolster Al Shabab (Today)
Posted on 10/06/2013 11:50:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Past US strikes on Al Shabab leaders, even successful ones, have not diminished the group.
A commando unit from the US Navys Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobis Westgate mall terror attack.
The operation could have opposite its intended result of discouraging further attacks. Analysts warn that even earlier successful targeted strikes against Al Shabab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, failed to curb the group's capacity to carry out international terror attacks, and that failed missions could in fact bolster its support and recruitment.
The predawn raid Saturday came unstuck when the US troops were faced with heavier-than-expected return fire, and pulled out to avoid civilian casualties, two security sources said. No Americans were injured.
Although the target was not named and officially described only as high-value, US officials suggested the raid was prompted by Westgate.
Saturdays mission took place in Baraawe, an Al Shabab stronghold 110 miles south of Mogadishu, where US Special Forces carried out a daytime raid in 2009 to kill Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, wanted in connection with earlier terrorist strikes in East Africa.
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The stronghold should be turned into a parking lot, and any follow-on sanctuaries. Yes, civilian casualties, but small SpecOps unit not the answer in this case.
The objective, of this act of war, was to wag the dog.
Ya, who put up the barricades and who told them to put them up? who has the power to instruct government agencies where to inflict the greatest amount of pain?
Sorry wrong post... pardon
So who told of the Seal’s raid? HMMM?
These commie adolescents shouldn't have access to anything more dangerous than a nerf gun.
The seals were probably under orders to only make arrests and read the captors their rights.
Sure looks like it. Tooty-Fruity gave the green light for both operations just before the phony govt. “shutdown.”
Hi, we’re SEAL Team 6, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at #SpecDevGru. /s.
Something stinks about this raid.Did Barry (the bitch) set them up?
Why are US Special Forces doing this? Why not Kenyans? Oh wait . . .
I doubt anyone in the public knows who the Special Ops guys were. I like it that way, and so do they. Loose lips sink ships.
Special Forces is the Army unit that wears the green beret hat, special operations is the generic catch all phrase that includes SEALs.
Because we've been so succesful in the middle east and in north Africa that it was time to get involved in another part of the world.
Oops. I read the “special forces” part in the story, but it was talking about a raid in 2009.
Obama has been so quick to use drones in the past, but needed another Bin Laden type raid to bolster his sagging polls. Instead of wasting US troops in this hell hole, just carpet bomb the area with a couple of B-52 strikes to be sure and let Allah sort them out.
Saturdays mission took place in Baraawe, an Al Shabab stronghold 110 miles south of Mogadishu...What the world needs now is a couple of signs -- "former site of Baraawe" and "former site of Mogadishu".
“the US troops were faced with heavier-than-expected return fire”
Hmm... like the kind you get when they already know you’re coming? Perhaps?
nuke the skinnies and call it good
What purpose did this raid serve in the first place?
Why do we even know what Seal Team 6 is doing? Same for Delta. This is craziness.
US troops were faced with heavier-than-expected return fire, and pulled out to avoid civilian casualties,
Proper previous planning prevents piss poor performance.
Civilians? How could they tell?
our enemies laugh at us
It isn’t you it’s the media, they are determined to convert “Special Forces” from the name of Special Forces into a generic term for all special operations.
What they will then call the actual famous 61 year old Army unit whose name is “Special Forces” is a mystery.
It is a little like when Clinton took the famous black beret of the Army’s famous, Airborne Rangers, and made it the hat for all of the Army.
Once a battle or operation is over and the results are out in the open, fires burning, casualties, destruction, how do you force the world's media to agree not to report on it?
Simple, you don’t tell them crap. Or you could simply say that it was the REMF brigade. They wouldn’t know the difference.
US officials should make no comment.
Maybe Barrycade can draw a better map to the homes of the participants in special operations. Democrats are good at putting folks in danger.
if you think for one second bozo is going to bomb africa...
Reporters will still show up at the site of battle and destruction to report on the news.
To blame the House for funding cuts. They wanted it to fail. Politics. People die for dem politics.
Special ops raid shouldn't even ever get to the press, nor even confirmed if ever happened. Kinda wonder if this control-freak administration tryin' to get credit for doing it.
According to Somalia, we informed them of the upcoming raid. No wonder it didn’t turn out well.
Of course, that’s it.
Didn't anybody remember the Rangers and Delta in Mogadishu? They thought that a lightning fast raid of special operators could quickly run in, seize Mohammad Aideed and then escape. It turned out that the Somalis specialized in very fast and aggressive response and ramped up their numbers in minutes to the tens of thousands. Later on, everybody wondered why we didn't have any tanks or artillery ready for just such a contingency.
A MEU brings everything needed in one package for just such an occasion. SEALs aren't good at big fights: remember Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, the Afghanistan "last stand"? Time to restrict our fascination with Soldier of Fortune magazine stuff and to go back to professionals.
My analysis was that the raid in question was to be minimum contact and minimum duration and therefore SEALS were appropriate.
Correct. Obama’s Chicago drone strategy of “If they are in a car, blow up the car. If they are in a building, blow up the building” is the most effective strategy. If you are going to send people, sends lot of people.
The Iraq strategy of using snipers as artillery is also effective.
What does that mean?
Snipers were used as ‘stand-off weapons’ to keep the enemies’ heads down while troops advanced.
I agree they should never be reported. But with this communist/muslim administration, anything to destroy America and her military will be done. I cannot describe the disgust
I feel toward these “in charge”.
Yup. That was the assumption. Do they got hammered and withdrew. That’s called “defeat”.
Hence the recommendation to send combat units.
yes, Tooty-Fruity doesn’t mind risking the lives of special operators...but never those of his relatives.