Monday, 08 January 2007
A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in
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
CBS/KCBS Report on US Strike in Somalia
The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of
Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the
If the attack got the operatives it was aimed at, reports Martin, it would deal a major blow to al Qaeda in
Meanwhile, a jungle hideout used by Islamic militants that is believed to be an al Qaeda base was on the verge of falling to Ethiopian and Somali troops, the defense minister said Monday.
While a lawmaker had earlier told The Associated Press that the base was captured,
Ethiopian soldiers, tanks and warplanes were involved in the two-day attack, a government military commander told the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Shire said there had been heavy fighting with high numbers of casualties.
”There are a lot of casualties from both sides,” he said, declining to give details.
Residents in the coastal seaport of Kismayo, some 90 miles northeast of Ras Kamboni, said they saw wounded Ethiopian soldiers being loaded onto military helicopters for evacuation.
”I have seen about 50 injured Ethiopian troops being loaded onto a military chopper,” said Farhiya Yusuf. She said 12 Ethiopian helicopters were stationed at the Kismayo airport.
Somali officials said the Islamic movement’s main force is bottled up at Ras Kamboni, the southernmost tip of the country, cut off from escape at sea by patrolling
Three al Qaeda suspects wanted in the 1998 bombings of
But many in predominantly Muslim Somalia resent the presence of troops from neighboring
On Sunday, gunmen attacked Ethiopian troops, witnesses said, sparking a firefight in the second straight day of violence in the capital,
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