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January 08, 2007

US Strikes Al Qaeda Targets In Somalia; Targets May Have Had Connection To 1998 Embassy Bombings (With Video)

Great, now we're violating the sovereignty of another nation.

What hath Michelle Malkin and the right-leaning bloggers wrought?

Update: Jamil Hussein reports that 400 people, mostly women, children, and adorable ponies, were killed in the botched attack.

"Major Blow," Maybe, Says Mary Katherine Ham: If we got the guys we were looking for. And who knows? It does happen from time to time, though the MSM chooses not to dwell upon such unpleasant outcomes.

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 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.


I Question The Timing: Isn't it awfully convenient we go after the embassy bombers the very week Nancy Pelosi takes the gavel?

Almost as if to undermine her, and to distract away from the miraculous event of a woman leading Congress?

And to cast doubt in the minds of Americans about the decision they made on November 7th?

Sure, this would have been a lot better before November 7th, but the left has argued before that strikes on Al Qaeda occurring after elections were nevertheless deliberately timed... to, uhh, reassure people for voting Republican.


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