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On Jan 10, 2007, at 11:47 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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By David Kerley, ABC News and Associated =
forces have =
launched a series of airstrikes in against suspected members of al-Qaida, according to ABC =
News.A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that some high-value, =
al-Qaida targets were attacked in . The men who were targeted are suspected of being =
involved in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in =
Tanzania, which killed more than 250 people.A military official told ABC News that an AC-130 =
gunship left its base in Djibouti at the Horn of Africa, flew to the southern tip of =
Somalia and was able to attack these men because they were in an =
open area. There is confirmation that targets were hit on the ground, =
but it is unknown if the al-Qaida members were killed.ABC News has also learned that quietly, the =
military has moved =
the U.S.S. Eisenhower to the waters off Somalia to make sure that no al-Qaida members are able to flee =
The White House on Monday night would not =
confirm the incident. Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Vician, a Defense =
Department spokesman, said he could neither confirm nor deny the reports =
of an airstrike.
Air Force AC-130 gunships are heavily armed =
aircraft with elaborate sensors that can go after discreet targets - day =
or night. They are operated by the Special Operations Command and have =
been used heavily against the Taliban in .
Somalia's effective =
central government fell in 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew a =
military dictator and then turned on each other. The government was =
formed two years ago with the help of the United Nations, but has been =
weakened by internal rifts.
Soldiers loyal to Somalia's U.N.-backed government and 's military late last month drove out a radical Islamic =
group that had been in control of the country for six months.The U.S. has believed for years that a group of al-Qaida operatives =
has been hiding in.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All =
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