Wednesday, January 10, 2007

U.S. blasting terrorists in Africa

Islamists in Somalia continue to be hit by American forces. For the third day, American forces are bombing suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in Somalia near Kenya.

AP Al-Qaida chief in Somalia may be dead
A civilian, center, walks past two Ethiopian soldiers, left, and Somali government forces on a truck with a mounted gun outside Villa Somalia housing President Abdullahi Yusuf, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. Two U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed large numbers of Islamic extremists, government officials and witnesses said Tuesday. The targets were suspects in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. President Abdullahi Yusuf told journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, that the U.S. 'has a right to bombard terrorist suspects who attacked its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.'  Monday, Yusuf had entered the restive capital for the first time since his election. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)
AP Photo: A civilian, center, walks past two Ethiopian soldiers, left, and Somali government forces on a...

By SALAD DUHUL, Associated Press Writer 33 minutes ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A senior al-Qaida suspect wanted for bombing American embassies in East Africa was killed in a U.S. airstrike, a Somali official said Wednesday, a report that if confirmed would mean the end of an eight-year hunt for a top target of Washington's war on terrorism.

In Washington, U.S. government officials

said they had no reason to believe that the suspect, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, had been killed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the information's sensitivity.

The report came as U.S forces apparently launched a third day of airstrikes in southern Somalia. At least four separate strikes were reported around Ras Kamboni, on the Somali coast near the Kenyan border. Witnesses said an AC-130 gunship attacked a suspected al-Qaida training camp. (link)

If the politics of Iraq won't let us destroy the terrorists there (and that seems to be changing somewhat) at least we can hunt them somewhere. The Somalis, Ethiopians and the U.S. forces in Somalia are having great success in routing the Islamist terrorists.

Of course, when you set out to do something and then use the force necessary to do it, the job is much easier than trying to do the same job with a 'U.N.' approach. When you aren't burdened down with the french reaction to your plans/actions, they seem to work so much better.

Now if we could get the same kind of action going in Iraq and (next) Iran, the world will be a better place, at least for a little while.
Reason for optimism

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