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US Hits Innocent ‘Tribal Elders’ In Somalia

From those defenders of the faith highly trained tribal anthropologists at the Associated Press:

US says it hits Somali terrorist target


MOGADISHU, Somalia – The U.S. launched an airstrike Monday on a Somali town held by Islamic extremists to go after a group of terrorist suspects, U.S. defense officials said.

Three missiles hit Dobley, a town four miles from the Kenyan border, destroying a home and seriously injured eight people, police and witnesses said. The remnants of an Islamic force that had once ruled much of southern Somalia took over Dobley last week.

“It was a deliberate, precise strike against a known terrorist and his associates,” one U.S. military official said in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the record.

He gave few other details, except to say the targets were believed staying in building known to be used regularly by terrorist suspects…

Clan elder Ahmed Nur Dalab said a senior Islamic official, Hassan Turki, was in town Sunday to mediate between his fighters and a militia loyal to the government. Turki’s forces took over Dobley last week.

In early 2007, Somali troops and their Ethiopian allies drove out a radical Islamic group to which Turki is allied that had taken over much of southern Somalia.

The Islamic forces have fought to regain power, and appear to be gathering momentum again in recent weeks. On Monday, the group overran Bur Haqaba — a strategic hilltop town about 37 miles from the provincial capital of Baidoa that had been one of the group’s main bases in the south. They released prisoners from jail and killed a police chief before retreating, witnesses said.

Last month, they briefly took over the southern Somalia town of Dinsor, killing nine government soldiers…

Who says they were “Islamic terrorists”?

They could have just been innocent “tribal elders.”

Do note that this town is right next door to Wajir, Kenya, where Mr. Obama was having his photo op in “Muslim garb.”

Also note that the author of this article has pretty much the same name as the man dressing Mr. Obama in the photograph: Mahmed Hassan.

Small world, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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