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Helicopters Strafe al-Qaida in Somalia
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/w-af/2007/jan/09/010906487.html ^ | January 09, 2007 at 13:40:16 PST | SALAD DUHULASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on 01/09/2007 2:21:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -

0109dv-somalia-alqaida Attack helicopters strafed suspected al-Qaida fighters in southern Somalia on Tuesday, witnesses said, following two days of airstrikes by U.S. forces - the first U.S. offensives in the African country since 18 American soldiers were killed here in 1993.

In Washington, a U.S. intelligence official said American forces killed five to 10 people in an attack on one target in southern Somalia believed to be associated with al-Qaida. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the operation's sensitivity, said a small number of others present, perhaps four or five, were wounded.

A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple, died in Tuesday's assault by two helicopters near Afmadow, a town in a forested area close to the Kenyan border. The report could not be independently verified.

A Somali Defense Ministry official described the helicopters as American, but witnesses told The Associated Press they could not make out identification markings on the craft. Washington officials had no comment on the helicopter strike.

The U.S. is hunting down Islamic extremists, said the Somali defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Earlier, Somalia's president said that the U.S. was pursuing suspects in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa, and that the effort has his support.

Somali troops and their Ethiopian allies were attacked in the capital late Tuesday by gunmen riding in two pickup trucks who fired two rocket propelled grenades, witnesses said.

The rocket attack was followed by several minutes of rifle fire. One Somali soldier was killed and two other soldiers and a bystander were wounded, said minibus driver Harun Ahmed, who took the injured to a hospital.

Col. Shino Moalin Nur, a Somali military commander, told the AP by telephone late Tuesday that at least one U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a suspected al-Qaida training camp Sunday on a remote island at the southern tip of Somalia next to Kenya.

Somali officials said they had reports of many deaths.

On Monday, witnesses and Nur said, more U.S. airstrikes were launched against Islamic extremists in Hayi, 30 miles from Afmadow. Nur said attacks continued Tuesday.

"Nobody can exactly explain what is going on inside these forested areas," the Somali commander said. "However, we are receiving reports that most of the Islamist fighters have died and the rest would be captured soon."

In Washington on Tuesday, Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman spoke of one strike in southern Somalia, but would not confirm any of the details or say whether any al-Qaida militants were killed.

The assault was based on intelligence "that led us to believe we had principal al-Qaida leaders in an area where we could identify them and take action against them," Whitman said.

Somali Islamic extremists are accused of sheltering suspects in the 1998 embassy bombings. American officials also want to ensure the militants no longer pose a threat to Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government.

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has arrived off Somalia's coast and launched intelligence-gathering missions over Somalia, the U.S. military said. Three other U.S. warships were conducting anti-terror operations.

U.S. warships have been seeking to capture al-Qaida members thought to be fleeing Somalia by sea after Ethiopia's military invaded Dec. 24 in support of the interim Somali government. The offensive drove the Islamic militia out of much of southern Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu, and toward the Kenyan border.

President Abdullahi Yusuf, head of the U.N.-backed transitional government, told journalists in Mogadishu that the U.S. "has a right to bombard terrorist suspects who attacked its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania."

Other Somalis in the capital said the attacks would increase anti-American sentiment in their largely Muslim country. Many Somalis are already upset by the presence of troops from neighboring Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population.

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday reissued a terror warning to Americans living in or visiting the Horn of Africa.

It was the first overt military action by the U.S. in Somalia since it led a U.N. force that intervened in the 1990s in an effort to fight famine. The mission led to clashes between U.N. forces and Somali warlords, including the battle, chronicled in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down," that killed 18 U.S. soldiers.

Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the AP by telephone that at least four civilians were killed Monday evening in Hayi, including his young son. His report could not be independently verified.

Government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said it was not known how many people were killed, "but we understand there were a lot of casualties. Most were Islamic fighters."

Another attack by an AC-130 gunship reportedly occurred Monday afternoon on Badmadow island, in a group of six rocky islands known as Ras Kamboni - a suspected terrorist training base.

Thickets provide dense cover and the only road to the area is virtually impassable, locals said.

The U.S. military's main target on the island was thought to be Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who allegedly planned the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 225 people.

Leaders of Somalia's Islamic movement have vowed from their hideouts to launch an Iraq-style guerrilla war, and al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden's deputy has called on militants to carry out suicide attacks on Ethiopian troops.

In an interview published Tuesday in the French newspaper Le Monde, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that suspected terrorists from Canada, Britain, Pakistan and elsewhere were among those captured or killed during recent military operations.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. The warlords turned on each other, creating chaos in the nation of 7 million people.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that a U.N. peacekeeping force may be needed to guarantee security and stability in Somalia.

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Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor in Washington; Mohamed Olad Hassan and Mohamed Sheik Nor in Mogadishu and Chris Tomlinson in Nairobi, Kenya, contributed to this report.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaida; alqueda; somalia

1 posted on 01/09/2007 2:21:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; meg88
A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple,

Now we have really done it!!!!!

2 posted on 01/09/2007 2:22:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

[From German (Gott) strafe (England), (God) punish (England), a common World War I slogan, from strafen, to punish, from Middle High German strfen, to contest, admonish.]


3 posted on 01/09/2007 2:24:16 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qasay are ead-day.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Did Puff and Spooky go home?


4 posted on 01/09/2007 2:25:00 PM PST by Spok
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Well...thanks....I like that word then ...punish...is good....


5 posted on 01/09/2007 2:25:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Riiiiight...! And a BABY-MILK FACTORY....!


6 posted on 01/09/2007 2:25:28 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple, died in Tuesday's assault by two helicopters near Afmadow, a town in a forested area close to the Kenyan border.

Whew! At least now they're waiting till the wedding is over!

7 posted on 01/09/2007 2:26:55 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Celebrate Mediocrity!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Civilian = A terrorist who has:
1. Been killed
2. dropped his AK-47 / RPG

Children = A group of young terrorist who has:
1. Been killed
2. dropped his AK-47 / RPG

Wedding Party = A group of mixed female and male terrorist who have:
1. Been killed (by AC-130 / Apache Gunship)
2. dropped thier AK-47 / RPG

Senior Islamic Official
1. Been killed (by a Hellfire Missile)
2. dropped his AK-47 / RPG

I think I see a pattern developing here......


8 posted on 01/09/2007 2:27:09 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple,

It was predicted. You can't throw a brick in Islamadom without hitting a couple of newly weds. Reuters fauxtographers will have pictures of them in their wedding garb any minute now.

9 posted on 01/09/2007 2:29:44 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qasay are ead-day.)
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To: Robe

right on


10 posted on 01/09/2007 2:30:52 PM PST by JessieHelmsJr
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
SCOOP: FREE REPUBLIC EXCLUSIVE:

PHOTO OF THE BRIDE


11 posted on 01/09/2007 2:32:52 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qasay are ead-day.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good to see us exact some revenge on these animals!


12 posted on 01/09/2007 2:34:20 PM PST by demsux
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

But, but, but what about the honeymoon... ? (ain't this just nuts,next it will be a hospital full of newborns that got all blowed up)


13 posted on 01/09/2007 2:34:41 PM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong. )
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

MORE VICTIMS!!!!

14 posted on 01/09/2007 2:35:55 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qasay are ead-day.)
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To: Spok

Hoping they are lurking in the overhead haze....


15 posted on 01/09/2007 2:38:36 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All
Previous report:

Copters attack Somalia militant suspects

16 posted on 01/09/2007 2:40:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple,

Somali lawmaker? WTF is a Somali lawmaker? LMAO.
17 posted on 01/09/2007 2:41:31 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Go Ike!


This is still hanging around too. :-)

US Navy file photo shows the aircaft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The United States launched air strikes on suspected Al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia, amid criticism that it risks further destabilising the lawless Horn of Africa Nation.(AFP/US Navy-HO/File)

18 posted on 01/09/2007 2:43:15 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I believe these guys are slow in learning not to use their cell phones to talk to their mates.


19 posted on 01/09/2007 2:43:40 PM PST by blam
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth; Lonesome in Massachussets; rusureitflies?; demsux; JessieHelmsJr; Robe; ...
Previous AP report had the following which I think has been taken out of this report.....:

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President Abdullahi Yusuf, head of Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government, told journalists in Mogadishu that the U.S. "has a right to bombard terrorist suspects who attacked its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania."

But others in the capital said the attacks would increase anti-American sentiment in the largely Muslim country, where people are already upset by the presence of troops from neighboring Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, reissued a terror warning Tuesday to Americans living in or visiting the Horn of Africa.

A U.S. government official said at least one AC-130 gunship was used Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the operation's sensitivity.

20 posted on 01/09/2007 2:46:12 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Next on the list is a community daycare financed by Bin Laden himself!


21 posted on 01/09/2007 2:47:22 PM PST by ShandaLear (Perfect People Need Support, too.)
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To: NormsRevenge
It's good to have some of those "hanging around assets".....
22 posted on 01/09/2007 2:47:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: blam

Well....How do you DIAL 911 WITHOUT THEM!!!!


23 posted on 01/09/2007 2:49:02 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

lots of assets are definitely available.. little I'manuttyjihad'r is likely paying close attention to that fact.


24 posted on 01/09/2007 2:50:56 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

a number of sites reporting we have specfor on the ground there...


25 posted on 01/09/2007 2:53:18 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Spok
Did Puff and Spooky go home?

No just back to Djibuti, to refuel and rearm. They'll be back, if needed. (I'd like to send them across the Bab el Mandeb (entrance to the Red Sea), and take out a few more pockets of Al Qaeda in the hinterlands of Yemen, and maybe southern Saudi Arabia as well.)

26 posted on 01/09/2007 2:55:30 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"But others in the capital said the attacks would increase anti-American sentiment in the largely Muslim country...." Who dat?


27 posted on 01/09/2007 2:55:38 PM PST by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong. )
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To: BurbankKarl; blam; NormsRevenge

It's good we have some Special people hanging around guiding our "hanging around assets"...


28 posted on 01/09/2007 2:57:00 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple, died in Tuesday's assault

This would be the wedding party.

29 posted on 01/09/2007 2:57:52 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: rusureitflies?
Their friends over here on the left......

The press is the propaganda arm of the American left and they have an agenda...see this:

Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left

30 posted on 01/09/2007 2:58:35 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Get some!


31 posted on 01/09/2007 3:01:10 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
There is a "newlywed couple" in every mohammedan hiding place! It is one of the tenets of mohammedadism ... you know the ritual ... I marry you ... I marry you ... I marry you! The next morning it is ... I divorce you 3X.
32 posted on 01/09/2007 3:15:04 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A Somali lawmaker said 31 civilians, including a newlywed couple...

Even more credible, that would be a Somali lawmaker in a conversation with a Muslim AP reporter.

It must be true...

33 posted on 01/09/2007 3:20:00 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

"WTF is a Somali lawmaker?"

You are very perceptive. Somalia hasn't had a government for over a decade. The place is a fricking zoo.

You picked up on the tinged journalism of a biased writer. In this case it is covered up pretty well, but drives a point into the sheeples brains. Its propoganda, and you recognize it. Good catch. People like you are needed in the world to keep an eye on those with agendas but proclaim objectiveness.


34 posted on 01/09/2007 3:26:43 PM PST by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: NormsRevenge

Watch the replay of Brit Hume's Special report ...shows aircraft going off the deck....and also has a report on TWO B-1's hitting some targets in Eastern IRAQ....


35 posted on 01/09/2007 3:31:26 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Now you owe me a new screen...I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!


36 posted on 01/09/2007 3:31:38 PM PST by Angelas
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

now they can't breed..ok by me


37 posted on 01/09/2007 3:46:11 PM PST by wildcatf4f3 (Find out what brand the Ethiopians are drinking and send a case to all my generals.)
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To: rusureitflies?
But, but, but what about the honeymoon... ?

Well, from his perspective he just added 72 virgins to the one he was marrying. The MSM should be rejoicing for him.

38 posted on 01/09/2007 4:37:05 PM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

One can get a sort of warm fuzzy feeling when they read these kinds of reports.


39 posted on 01/09/2007 7:26:31 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: Marine_Uncle
See this too:

Payback. US AC-130 Strikes Al Qaeda in Somalia -- New Attacks Ongoing:

40 posted on 01/09/2007 7:46:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"See this too:"
Roger that.
41 posted on 01/09/2007 7:54:06 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Somalian "newlywed couple"

Where 50 yr old marry 9 yr olds...

42 posted on 01/09/2007 9:31:47 PM PST by endthematrix (Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Chances are the newlyweds were killed when the wedding party's AK rounds came raining back down.


43 posted on 01/09/2007 9:46:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("I've learned to live with not knowing." -- Richard Feynman https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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