Last Saturday. the Unitied States conducted 2 seperate Special Warefare Operations against Islamic Terrorists.
In one operation U.S. Navy SEALs effectively reminded the world that the United States can and will reach out and strike against those who who would spread terror and chaos. They carried out a pre-dawn raid on a coastal town in southern Somalia to take down a specific al-Qaida suspect linked to the Nairobi shopping mall attack. The operation successfully penetrated the militant camp but was aborted when we encountered civilians intermingled with the militants (including large numbers of childeren) and it was determined that the chance of casualties among the civilian population was too great.
A former U.S. military official also confirmed the raid by the SEALs, but could not provide other details. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raid by name.
In Somalia, officials said “international military forces” carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the town of Barawe. Officials said the strike was aimed at "high-profile" targets.
The strike was carried out in the hours before morning prayers in Barawe, the same town where Navy SEALs four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative.
The strike comes exactly two weeks after al-Shabab militants attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall, a four-day terrorist assault that killed at least 67 people in neighboring Kenya.
The leader of al-Shabab, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Ahmed Godane, claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack and said it was in retaliation for Kenya's military deployment inside Somalia to prevent a takeover by the militant Islamic Somali group.
A resident of Barawe — a seaside town 150 miles south of Mogadishu — said by telephone that heavy gunfire woke up residents before dawn prayers. An al-Shabab fighter who gave his name as Abu Mohamed said "foreign" soldiers attacked a house, prompting militants to rush to the scene to capture a soldier. Mohamed admited that effort was not successful.
The troops attacked a two-story beachside house in Barawe where foreign fighters lived, battling their way inside, said Mohamed, who said he had visited the scene. Al-Shabab has a formal alliance with al-Qaida, and hundreds of foreign fighters from the U.S., Britain and Middle Eastern countries fight alongside Somali members of al-Shabab.
A Somali intelligence official said the targets of the raid were "high-profile" foreigners in the house. A second intelligence official also confirmed the attack. Both insisted on anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
Foreign militaries — often the U.S. but not always — have carried out several strikes inside Somalia in recent years against al-Shabab or al-Qaida leaders, as well as criminal kidnappers and pirates.
Matt Bryden, the former head of the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, said via email that some militants confirmed to be in the Mall attack were al-Kene and Umayr and are known members of al-Hijra, the Kenyan arm of al-Shabab. He added that another attacker named Nabhan may be a relative of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, the target of the 2009 Navy SEALs raid in Barawe.
In September 2009 a daylight commando raid carried out by Navy SEALs in Barawe killed six people, including Nabhan, one of the most-wanted al-Qaida operatives in the region and an alleged plotter in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 250 people.
I, for one, and very happy to us us finally getting back into the game and taking the fight to these murders and thugs.
How do you defeat terrorism? Don't be terrorized.
Live Long and Prosper...