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U.S. Special Forces Attack on al-Qaida in Somalia

(September, 2009)

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U.S. Special Forces Attack on al-Qaida in Somalia

(September 14, 2009)

 

American Special Forces attacked vehicles in Somalia carrying members of al-Qaida's Somalia and Kenya branch on September 14, 2009. The dead included Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, wanted for the 2002 car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner. He was a leader of the local al-Qaida branch. Nabhan was a 30-year old Kenyan who is suspected of being behind the 2002 attacks in Kenya ttargeting Israelis. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis died in the bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa. Ground-to-air missiles were fired at the Israeli airliner as it took off from the city's airport but missed the jet. Nabhan is believed to be one of those who fired a missile. He later escaped in Somalia, which is a largly lawless nation with a strong al-Qaida presence.

Previous American attacks on al-Qaida in Somalia involved missile attacks which were relatively imprecise, and created casualties among Somali civilians. This attack was carried out by helicopters which fired on the vehicles. Witnesses reported that after the helicopter attack concluded, American troops rappelled to the ground, collected the dead and wounded, and flew off. One Somali official said that the attack produced five dead.

The last confirmed American troop presence in Somalia was in 1993, during the Battle of Mogadishu. When Ethiopia invaded Somali in 2005 and 2006, some reports indicated that small numbers of U.S. troops accompanied the Ethiopians, searching for al-Qaida leaders.

 

 

 

Links and Sources:

 

Al-Shabab Asks Foreign Fighters to Come to Somalia--Voice of America, Sept. 16, 2009

US Special Forces Targeted al-Qaida in Somalia--New York Times, September 15, 2009

U.S. Says Raid in Somalia Killed Terrorist With Links to Al-Qaeda--Washington Post, September 15, 2009

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