USA: our airstrikes in Somalia did not kill any al-Qaida leaders


This is an Al Jazeera video about Somalia.

From British daily The Guardian:

Somalia air strike failed to kill al-Qaida targets, says US

Xan Rice in Nairobi

Thursday January 11, 2007

The US air strike on Somalia failed to kill any of the three top al-Qaida members accused of terror attacks in east Africa.

A senior US official said today that Sunday night’s attack had killed between eight and 10 “al-Qaida affiliates” near the southern tip of Somalia.

But he said that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Abu Taha al-Sudan and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, all linked to the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2002 Mombasa hotel attack, were still on the run.

“Fazul is not dead,” said the official, contradicting earlier reports.

Well, so they did kill “affiliates”.

What makes one an “affiliate”?

Probably, the four year old boy killed by the US bombs had seen a TV newscast which mentioned al-Qaida; making him an “affilate”.

And the Somali newlywed couple bombed to death had probably had their wedding within a circle of a thousand miles from Osama Bin Laden, or from one of his zillion “second in commands”; making the couple “associates” … [sarcasm off].

See also here.

And here.

And here.

United Nations report: women, children, most affected by fighting.

Somalia: new rulers close down media: here.

7 thoughts on “USA: our airstrikes in Somalia did not kill any al-Qaida leaders

  1. *WED 17 JAN 7PM ALL-LONDON PUBLIC MEETING
    HANDS OFF SOMALIA
    Room G50, School of Oriental & African
    Studies, Thornaugh Street, London WC1
    Speakers: DAHABO ISSE Somali Civil Liberties & Human Rights
    Organisation LINDSEY GERMAN Stop the War Coalition JEREMY CORBYN MP

    *FRI 19 JAN 5PM PROTEST AT US EMBASSY
    HANDS OFF SOMALIA
    Grosvenor Square London. CALLED BY Somali Civil Liberties and Human
    Rights Organisation AND African Liberation and Support Campaign Network
    SUPPORTED BY Stop the War Coalition

  2. Lets play dirty like the Repubs…….Blaming Reagan for al Qaeda
    Posted by: “Corey” cpmondello@yahoo.com cpmondello
    Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:57 am (PST)

    The GOP has done more to promote the cause of international terrorism than anyone I can image:

    * In the Eighties the Reagan/Bush regimes supported al Qaeda as “freedom fighters.”

    * In the Nineties the elder Bush launched Operation Desert Storm and the American troops he left stationed in the Arabian Gulf Peninsula was the primary reason why Bin Laden declared fatwa on the United States.

    * Then in the 2000s,sonny boy Dubya comes along and mucks things up even worse by declaring a “war on terror.” In 1999 the last year of the Clinton administration there were 392 incidents of global terrorism, four years after Bush’s declaration of the “war on terror, in 2005 there were 3200 incidents of international terrorism.

    Full story;
    GOP Big Lie For 2006 Elections: “We’re Tough on Terror”

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/26/231639/599

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