Sunday, January 21, 2007

Going After Terrorists in Somalia

It seems that Ethiopia doesn't mess around when it comes to Islamic Terrorists. Islamic Militants took over parts of Somalia last June and ever since then Ethiopia has been helping the weak, transitional government combat them. Things came to a head in December when "Ethiopian Warplanes Attacked Somalia".

The U.S. has also gotten involved with a U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attacking a target suspected to be harboring al-qaeda terrorists in Somalia on the 8th of this month. The next day they coordinated with the transitional government of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to continue operations against the terrorists. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was deployed in the Indian Ocean to aid in the mission.
The transitional Somalian government welcomed the U.S. help since the mission is to go after al-qaeda terrorists indicted for the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The War on Terror isn't just about Iraq and Afghanistan. As President Bush has said we go after the terrorists wherever we find them. Except this time I'm willing to bet we won't leave Somalia until the job is done.

Sources:
U.S. aids in Somalia anti-terror push
Attack in Somalia targets al-Qaida
Somalia sees more air strikes

Cross posted at The Astute Bloggers

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