Skip to comments.NBC News Exclusive: How the SEAL Raid on Somalia Went Bad (Obama Sets up SEAL Team 6?)
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 teams 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 groups 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 warlords 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 couldnt 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.
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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.
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.
oh I agree we dont need to be in Somalia.
Tomahawk missiles don’t grab targets and remove them back to the US...
bfd. ST6 was lucky it wasn’t another Salinas. The risks involved aren’t worth it.
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.
I read a report earlier that the government of Somalia was warned in advance of the raid.
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.
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.
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.
BIDEN (before the raid on Somalia): "That reminds me.. I need to make a call to Somalia."
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.
Maybe, someday we will read about a successful SEAL mission against a thug at his vacation estate on the Hawaiian coast.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
@ post 48 - sounds like you have it all figured out there General.
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.
Of course not. Obama just phones his fellow Muzzies in Somalia as to what’s going on.
“may have had external security systems”
They sure did......barking dogs.
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Obama is such an ass
Sometimes I muse a little Henry II
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.
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.
Silencer should have taken him out, then the team move in. Ask the Israelis...
True, the Israelis work that way but there’s always a raghead who will take up the assassinated leaders’ position.
Ahaaa! That proves the libs were involved./facetiousness
True, there is so far no indication that they were tipped off.
This story is absolute bull$hiite and disinformation. Propaganda. Where are the announcements for dead SEALS?
Interesting. Eerie. SOP.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Pretty much my opinion also.
The "facts" should start to trickle out in a couple of months.
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?
28 years in the service including 18 months in combat - guess so, private.
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.
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.
Tom Hanks was chosen to give cover to the lie that the Capt. Phillips movie will tell.
And remove commanders that will stand in your way. Does anyone really believe Romney would be doing this garbage?
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.
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.
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.
Did it have “hi-capacity ammunition clips”?
Might be an Obama decision