CBS: U.S. Strikes Al Qaeda In Somalia
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2007(CBS/AP) A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively.
The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reports. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people.
The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second, and sources say a lot of bodies were seen on the ground after the strike, but there is as yet, no confirmation of the identities.
The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of Somalia, Martin reports, where the al Qaeda operatives had fled after being chased out of the capital of Mogadishu by Ethiopian troops backed by the United States.
Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the U.S. military started preparing for an air strike, using unmanned aerial drones to keep them under surveillance and moving the aircraft carrier Eisenhower out of the Persian Gulf toward Somalia. But when the order was given, the mission was assigned to the AC-130 gunship operated by the U.S. Special Operations command.
If the attack got the operatives it was aimed at, reports Martin, it would deal a major blow to al Qaeda in East Africa.
Shhh... don't tell the Lefties, but the Somalia attack is just to fracture the new Dem majority in Congress. I mean, with Cindy Sheehan being the Cheerleader-in-Chief for Nancy & Harry, we thought it'd be great to remind everyone that there's a war on Terror goin' on...
And lest you forget (or are not familiar with) what an AC-130 gunship can do.... Imagine this: a howitzer cannon pointed at you - from 20,000 feet and deadly accurate and can hunt down an individual person... again, a cannon that will seek out an individual person.
After arriving on target, the AC-130 starts a constant left turn, pivoting around the target area and keeping it's guns (all on the left side) focused on the target zone.
See this video where an AC-130 takes out an Al-Qaeda base in Afghanistan. Also note that the mosque is left untouched - because of the Rules Of Engagement that religious places are the "safe base," just like the couch is when you were playing tag in your house and you were 5.
Caution - Graphic Footage Follows:
Oh, and could it be that one of my predictions for 2007 has come true so early? Perhaps time will tell.
And of course, the Left is none too pleased that we're on the offensive against the Islamofascists. Here's reaction from DU:
BushOut06 (1000+ posts)For some reason, I get the feeling that these two aren't on board with this whole War On Terror thing....
Mon Jan-08-07 11:01 PM
Impeach the motherf*cker already
How many more countries is this asshole going to be allowed to attack before he leaves office in '09? We're already sending a huge armada towards Iran. We've illegally occupied Iraq, racking up more deaths than the 9-11 attacks, and killing untold hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. He invaded Afghanistan, killing even more innocent civilians, for WHAT? Bin Laden is still free, and the Taliban now control much of the country. We're on the verge of war against North Korea, who has already tested one nuke and may be ready to test another. He lent covert support to a coup against Venezuela's duly elected president.
And this doesn't even begin to go into his domestic crimes!
The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Mon Jan-08-07 11:13 PM
Response to Original message
1. Everything is justified by using some sloppy & stretched to the limit
overly optomistic sense of "plausibility". Unfortunately, the only way to prove a bastard like him wrong is to play out each of these policies to the ultimate failure that they all end up in. It's been going on since the start, tax cuts to reduce the deficit, The Iraq war, the "road map" to peace, no child left behind, and so on.
See Malkin for more and Mudville Gazette for more info on the situation in Somalia.
ARC: St Wendeler