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Al Qaeda Had Mogadishu G.I.-Hero's Property
NewsMax ^ | 03/20/2002 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 03/20/2002 9:31:15 AM PST by Pokey78

In what is being described as a "stunning" and "extraordinarily emotional find," U.S. forces scouring caves in Afghanistan have uncovered a handheld Global Positioning Systems satellite unit that apparently belonged to an Army Special Forces master sergeant killed in Somalia ten years ago.

The GPS unit was marked with the initials "G. Gordon," which U.S. officials believe stands for Sgt. Gary Gordon, one of two Medal of Honor winner from the battle of Mogadishu, ABC Radio News reports.

An Air Force spokesman told the network the find could possibly tie Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network to Somalia.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anamericansoldier; talibanlist; terrorwar

1 posted on 03/20/2002 9:31:15 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Don't want to be too cynical but doesn't this sound a bit too convenient, not to mention, unlikely?
2 posted on 03/20/2002 9:33:58 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad
Sure, because the much more logical conclusion is that the U.S. military held onto the device all these years for the specific purpose of planting it in some god foresaken Al Qaeda cave or somewhere else right?
3 posted on 03/20/2002 9:42:16 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: Bikers4Bush
How the hell do I know? I was asking a question. Just seems very odd to me.
4 posted on 03/20/2002 9:46:53 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Pokey78
Time to go back and finish the job in Somalia. Permanently. Settle our score with the Aidid clan. Because this time, we are not leaving until we're done.

Let us avenge the brave men we lost.

5 posted on 03/20/2002 9:47:00 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Pokey78; aristeides; golitely; Lion's Cub
This sort of linkage might resonate with the sheeple.
6 posted on 03/20/2002 9:48:03 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: johniegrad
Nope.

Many serial killers take trophys or leave odd symbols at the scene of their crimes and trophy taking by the military is probably as old as combat itself (although it is expressly forbidden in our own). You can get anything on the black market and it is easy to imagine that an item like that would have fetched a pretty penny from those who would have the money and the want to have it as a trophy. Remember too that Al Quaida is a close knit, loyal group. That item was probably almost mythical in its symbolic significance to them and I'd bet bin Laden used it in his propaganda and training methods among his followers.

There is not a doubt in my mind that they left it there knowing we would find it- wanting us to know that they were connected to his death. It is a taunt, if you will. I hope this war goes on until every single one of those rat b@stards is dead.

7 posted on 03/20/2002 9:53:46 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: johniegrad
It's not odd at all. Al Qaeda has been tied to what went on in Somalia for some time.

One of the zealots must have kept the GPS as a trophy after Mogadishu and brought it with him when he came to Afghanistan to fight in the "jihad".

8 posted on 03/20/2002 9:53:53 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: Pokey78
It has been pretty common knowledge for a long time that Al-Qaeda participated in the Somalia attacks. Its not so surprising that equipment taken in that fight would show up with them.

But wait! Let me put on my tinfoil hat and try again...
9 posted on 03/20/2002 9:54:39 AM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: *Taliban_list;*TerrorWar

10 posted on 03/20/2002 9:59:43 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: Pokey78
if the GPS device still works, I wonder if our satellites can still pick up the signal when the GPS device is shoved up Bin LADENS ARSE?
11 posted on 03/20/2002 10:02:35 AM PST by Delbert
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To: Fred Mertz
You think their attention span is that long? V's wife.
12 posted on 03/20/2002 10:03:30 AM PST by ventana
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To: johniegrad
Spoils of war. The Al Qaeda operates on high tech communications - it's the only way they've survived this far.
13 posted on 03/20/2002 10:05:55 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: johniegrad
You might want to read the story of MSG Gary Gordon...

Nightstalker.....Sgt. Gary Gordon

14 posted on 03/20/2002 10:07:42 AM PST by Dog
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To: Fred Mertz
Excellent comment, Fred.

'Resonating with the sheeple' needs to be the focus of the presentation of public issues that are near and dear to Freepers' hearts.

Not only do Republicans need the 'content', they also need the 'packaging' of their message to govern effectively, or to govern at all.

Selling the message to people who are marginal in their understanding of issues may seem too manipulative for the idealists.

But if our objectives are truly in the best interests of America and the sheeple (and I am hard-pressed to think of even one issue from taxation to military spending that is not) it is not pompous, elitist or presumptuous, it is just plain smart.

Don't speak Latin to a dog, and

Never underestimate the value of sheeple.


15 posted on 03/20/2002 10:13:23 AM PST by Stallone
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To: Delbert
It doesn't work that way. The device is a receiver picking up signals from the satellites.

I'd rather see if Bin Laden could personally verify whether it's still working by having his head shoved up his butt while he's being flown to Gitmo.

16 posted on 03/20/2002 10:15:33 AM PST by Jonah Hex
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To: Dog
Thanks for the link.
18 posted on 03/20/2002 10:42:11 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Fred Mertz; Pokey78; aristeides; golitely
Thanks for the ping, Fred. See #19. Also note #17 on connected thread there. I guess a couple of SNAFUs are to be expected with all the info we gather :)
20 posted on 03/20/2002 9:27:59 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: seamole
Thanks for taking the time to post your #19. It's easier to keep up with things when retractions are noted in the same thread :)
21 posted on 03/20/2002 9:50:53 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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