Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NBC News Exclusive: How the SEAL Raid on Somalia Went Bad (Obama Sets up SEAL Team 6?)
NBC News ^ | Monday, October 7, 2013 | Matthew Cole and Jim Miklaszewski

Posted on 10/07/2013 3:32:36 PM PDT by kristinn

The team of less than two dozen Navy SEALs from Seal Team 6 huddled in one fast boat and headed toward the Somali shoreline under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Three more small boats with additional SEALs flanked the assault team’s craft, to provide back-up and assist with the planned extraction of an al Shabaab warlord named Ikrima.

According to multiple U.S. military sources, the lead boat landed, and the assault team hit the beach near the Southern Somali town of Barawe, headed for the fortified seaside compound of their target. U.S. intelligence had determined that Ikrima, one of two terror suspects targeted by the military in simultaneous raids thousands of miles apart this weekend, planned the terror group’s operations outside of Somalia.

The SEALs entered the compound and took the positions they had selected based on the intelligence collected in advance of the raid.

Then a lone al Shabaab fighter walked out into plain view, smoked a cigarette, and went back inside, one source familiar with the details of the raid said. The fighter played it cool, and gave no indication that he had spotted the SEALs. But he came back out shooting, firing rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle.

Soon the American commandos were under siege from the warlord’s well-armed fighters. Gunfire swept toward their positions and grenades began to rain down, multiple military sources said.

Several of the SEALs could see Ikrima through the windows of the compound, but couldn’t get to him. The SEALs continued to take fire while trying to find a way to get closer to their target.

And then the children came into the pictures on their scopes.

(Excerpt) Read more at investigations.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alshabaab; bho44; counterterrorism; ikrima; navyseals; sealteam6; somalia; specialops
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-134 next last
To: Engedi

I read a story here on FR yesterday which said incorrectly apparently, that we had captured the guy and also that we had notified the Somali government before the raid.

I have come to the point where I don’t believe any story which appears in the first month of some operation.


51 posted on 10/07/2013 4:33:32 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Also a very clear example of the effectiveness of an armed populace. Like Blackhawk Down we see the finest modern warriors, possessing the most modern weapons of war stymied by kat chewing muzzies who happen to possess automatic weapons and a willingness to use them. A good riposte to any who claim the 2nd Amendment couldn’t protect you if the govt actually came for you.


52 posted on 10/07/2013 4:37:25 PM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

oh I agree we dont need to be in Somalia.


53 posted on 10/07/2013 4:40:05 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Theoria

Tomahawk missiles don’t grab targets and remove them back to the US...


54 posted on 10/07/2013 4:41:50 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: When do we get liberated?

bfd. ST6 was lucky it wasn’t another Salinas. The risks involved aren’t worth it.


55 posted on 10/07/2013 4:56:20 PM PDT by Theoria
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 54 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
I wish SEAL Team 6 would capture the greatest threat to America. Obama, Biden, Reid and Pelosi...
56 posted on 10/07/2013 5:04:01 PM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oliviaforever
The anti smoke zealots have even forced terrorist forts to go no smoking.

I don't believe that's the case... Radical Muslims aren't real big on 'cause and effect'... especially long term - like smoking and 'death 68 years later rather than 64 years later'... Islam touches on death cult... something odd here.

57 posted on 10/07/2013 5:10:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: shalom aleichem

I read a report earlier that the government of Somalia was warned in advance of the raid.


58 posted on 10/07/2013 5:22:37 PM PDT by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Can someone tell me why we even know about this. ST6 is supposed to operate in another world. I’ve met a few of them in my day, as well as some CAG guys. Just your average looking guys, quiet and humble.

Now with this moron in the WH, they’re on the front page. Wondering what McRaven thinks of all this.


59 posted on 10/07/2013 5:34:56 PM PDT by qaz123
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chainmail
Three kids of combatants-Killers, Fillers, and Fodder.

I can accept that the target surrounded himself with useless men of the last two categories. (In Somalia, of all places, where armed fighting is as common as saying "Hello" to a neighbor?)

But why was it that the SEALs hit not even one of those dozens of armed guards who were shooting at them? If they saw the target in the window, what was the reason to not send a few bullets that way, on a very good chance that the glass is not bulletproof? It sounds like the SEALs haven't fired even a single round. Perhaps it was a wise strategy if they could retreat undetected. But it's worth saying clearly.

60 posted on 10/07/2013 5:55:21 PM PDT by Greysard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Let's hope the SEALs remedy the ongoing problem of being killed or embarrassed by Team Barry. Maybe Chris Kyle can get something started. Oh wait..

Pretty sad that my FIRST thought upon hearing about this failed attack was that they were sent into an ambush by our own government. Even ONE SEAL left alive after the OBL mission is one too many for Team Barry to tolerate.

BOMBSHELL: Was the downing of SEAL Team 6's CH-47 helicopter an inside job?

61 posted on 10/07/2013 6:34:01 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CivilWarBrewing

BIDEN (before the raid on Somalia): "That reminds me.. I need to make a call to Somalia."

62 posted on 10/07/2013 6:37:24 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies]

To: elpadre
Anybody notice the similarity's between the Somalia Black Hawk Down incident and Benghazi?

Both involved a Clinton.

Both denied request for more security/military assets

Both got Americans killed

Both Clinton's avoided any accountability.

Today, one is a Rock Star former President and one is in line to be the next President.

63 posted on 10/07/2013 6:37:57 PM PDT by Captain7seas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Maybe, someday we will read about a successful SEAL mission against a thug at his vacation estate on the Hawaiian coast.


64 posted on 10/07/2013 6:38:57 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

They had raided the area before. Place sounds like it may have had external security systems installed since. If the place was lighted (could see through windows) should have disrupted power first, even a momentary shut off would have screwed most systems up.


65 posted on 10/07/2013 7:04:18 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

I guess OpSec and secrecy on methods and tactics is old school.

Nice touch with the cannon-fodder kids, a check-mate move if there ever was one.


66 posted on 10/07/2013 7:15:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Occupy the DC Mall - take back the monuments)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chainmail; Travis McGee

Seals hit what they shoot at. I’ve never seen someone bad mouth the SEALs here before.

Especially considering these guys have almost certainly seen more action then you’ve seen on TV.


67 posted on 10/07/2013 7:20:08 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: rawhide

Just like the plot of a Vince Flynn novel with super star Mitch Rapp. I believe “Executive Power”.

A weak (and traitorous) Secretary of State (ala Kerry) did not wish to offend the foreign leader and invade his sovereignty so he told that country, which in turn told the bad guys who were paying them off. Seals met hot lead on the beach


68 posted on 10/07/2013 7:31:19 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: All

These leaks are unacceptable and need to stop. I have never seen more laundry aired about our Special Forces than we have under this administration. Maybe it’s all the wannabe movie stars, maybe it’s the wannabe important politicians, or maybe it’s the wannabe film advisor senior guys.

It’s truly disturbing and we need to put some folks in prison for a long time to stop it. Stealth is one of the biggest advantages our special forces have and it’s hard to have it when khat chewing Muzzies can watch realistic films starring real SF guys and our media broadcast our successes and failures.

Just my .02, but I am really ticked off about these leaks.


69 posted on 10/07/2013 7:44:15 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 68 | View Replies]

To: Chainmail

@ post 48 - sounds like you have it all figured out there General.


70 posted on 10/07/2013 7:50:19 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

the Taliban is inside the WhiteHouse.

I found it odd anti-war/pro-Muslim Brotherhood Democrats would be chanting they got Bin laden & Alqueda is on the run...just didn’t set right knowing they want to talk to the Taliban.


71 posted on 10/07/2013 8:15:40 PM PDT by RginTN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis
its what CONEHEADS Do!!!


72 posted on 10/07/2013 8:22:02 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: shalom aleichem

Of course not. Obama just phones his fellow Muzzies in Somalia as to what’s going on.


73 posted on 10/07/2013 9:22:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

LOL!


74 posted on 10/07/2013 9:28:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 72 | View Replies]

To: mosesdapoet

“may have had external security systems”

They sure did......barking dogs.


75 posted on 10/07/2013 9:32:14 PM PDT by gandalftb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: Jonty30

And wearing Red Shirt cologne.
http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Red-Shirt-Cologne/dp/B002E1EAU4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

“Red Shirt Cologne instills confidence, showing the universe your strength, your valor, your devotion to living each day as though it could be your last. Bright, clean, and direct with top notes of green mandarin, bergamot and a hint of lavender. Red Shirt finishes strong with base notes of leather and grey musk. It’s a daring men’s fragrance for those brave enough to place no trust in tomorrow.”


76 posted on 10/07/2013 9:32:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

hmmmmm

Obama is such an ass

Sometimes I muse a little Henry II

..whoops...


77 posted on 10/07/2013 9:46:29 PM PDT by wardaddy (Short Change Hero...The Heavy...great song... a few years old but new to this old man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

The seals supposedly said that the target appeared briefly at a window. If he had been tipped, he would not have been in the compound.


78 posted on 10/07/2013 9:52:13 PM PDT by Kennard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: Kennard

Muzzies love a good jihad especially when the odds look to be in their favor. The warlord was there, he had the children ready to go as human shields. Then warlord received a call from the District of Criminals telling him that the SEAL team was right outside their door. Then the Muzzies started firing blindly into the night hoping to hit someone but miraculously did not.

They were set up.


79 posted on 10/07/2013 9:59:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]

To: Oliviaforever

Silencer should have taken him out, then the team move in. Ask the Israelis...


80 posted on 10/07/2013 10:12:14 PM PDT by Netz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: driftdiver

True, the Israelis work that way but there’s always a raghead who will take up the assassinated leaders’ position.


81 posted on 10/07/2013 10:14:26 PM PDT by Netz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Oliviaforever

Ahaaa! That proves the libs were involved./facetiousness


82 posted on 10/07/2013 11:19:32 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Comment #83 Removed by Moderator

To: Kennard
The seals supposedly said that the target appeared briefly at a window. If he had been tipped, he would not have been in the compound.

True, there is so far no indication that they were tipped off.

84 posted on 10/08/2013 12:23:23 AM PDT by ansel12 ( 'I'm on That New Obama Diet... Every Day I Let Vladimir Putin Eat My Lunch' .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]

To: kristinn; LucyT

This story is absolute bull$hiite and disinformation. Propaganda. Where are the announcements for dead SEALS?


85 posted on 10/08/2013 12:25:18 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #86 Removed by Moderator

To: Captain7seas; CivilWarBrewing

Interesting. Eerie. SOP.

Thanks for pointing that out.


87 posted on 10/08/2013 12:43:20 AM PDT by Syncro ("So?" - -Andrew Breitbart --The King of All Media RIP Feb 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 63 | View Replies]

Comment #88 Removed by Moderator

To: combat_boots
This story is absolute bull$hiite and disinformation. Propaganda.

Pretty much my opinion also.

The "facts" should start to trickle out in a couple of months.

89 posted on 10/08/2013 2:56:40 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 85 | View Replies]

To: driftdiver; Travis McGee
Wrong. You're the bystander. I've seen more combat than most, including nearly a year in the hospital recovering from wounds.

I have also served alongside the SEALs years ago. I saw their training and their weaponry and I saw their abject defeats in Grenada, Panama, the first Gulf War, and the "Last Stand" on that hilltop in Afghanistan.

Where have you been?

90 posted on 10/08/2013 3:36:02 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 67 | View Replies]

To: volunbeer

28 years in the service including 18 months in combat - guess so, private.


91 posted on 10/08/2013 3:37:24 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: tennmountainman

This is the same POTUS that loves drones and yet he sends SEALS in to get a terrorist.
Am betting the bad guys were tipped off and waiting.


92 posted on 10/08/2013 3:45:32 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Set up by the anti-Americans in the Executive Branch. This is why we need to control Congress for a generation and at veto-proof majorities if possible.


93 posted on 10/08/2013 4:05:16 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gaijin

Tom Hanks was chosen to give cover to the lie that the Capt. Phillips movie will tell.


94 posted on 10/08/2013 4:08:32 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: arthurus

And remove commanders that will stand in your way. Does anyone really believe Romney would be doing this garbage?


95 posted on 10/08/2013 4:11:06 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

It sounds the whole attack was a massive screw up and they had to back out.

The kids were there , OK so what about the drone strikes which have increased under Bozo?

Also when we would do something like this we would have a silencer if we could not get close to the guy, so are they saying that not one Seal had a pistol with a silencer to take out this guy smoking?

Nah this was a screw up and either they were ordered to get out to not have any casualties or the commander on the ground realized this was a screw up.


96 posted on 10/08/2013 4:33:43 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

We cannot believe anything that Obama touches. Its all just
part of his campaign. Seal Team 6 is just a part of the Obama Kabuki Theater campaign which began in 2008 shortly after Obama’s fraudulent inauguration.


97 posted on 10/08/2013 4:49:08 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newfreep

Another traitorous running dog for the evil Obama socialist regime. This one is a wattle-flopping muslim convert and he runs the CIA.

Is this a great nation or what? The enemies of our society are allowed to run the show.


98 posted on 10/08/2013 5:01:16 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Gene Eric

Did it have “hi-capacity ammunition clips”?


99 posted on 10/08/2013 5:06:25 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Theoria

“military decision”

Might be an Obama decision


100 posted on 10/08/2013 5:50:48 AM PDT by GeronL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-134 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson