Monday, January 08, 2007

Al Qaeda Getting Hit in Somalia

This is good news. Austin Bay has more. For those who don't keep up on these things, here is what MSNBC reports:

The Ethiopian military swept into Somalia last month and removed the Islamic government that had reputedly harbored al-Qaida operatives.

The leader of al-Qaida's East Africa cell is named Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, NBC’s Robert Windrem reported.

It is not known if Mohammed, 31, was the target of the attack, but he has been the most targeted al-Qaida operative in Africa for nearly a decade. He is most commonly known as Harun Fazul. He is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Swahili.

Allahpundit reports that th U.S. is sending the USS Eisenhower for possible further strikes.

Here's a map and stats of Somalia, fyi. I wonder if Sudan will be next. Let's root 'em out.

Cap'n Ed reminds us of America's (the Right and Left's) long memory:

The Ethiopians did us a big favor by dislodging the Islamists from Mogadishu. Once on the run, the US could bring all of its technological assets on line to track them, and the Air Force waited long enough for all of them to run into the trap. The Navy positioned the USS Eisenhower in the waters nearby Somalia just in case it finds even more targets to strike.

That hasn't stopped the Ethiopians, either. Their forces have surrounded an al-Qaeda base and may have overrun it by the time you read this post. Between the three forces, including those loyal to the Somalian transitional government, AQ in Africa is about to take a huge blow, perhaps even a fatal defeat.

It may have taken us a long time, but we do not forget. Let's hope that our attack took out these high-value targets and plenty of their followers to boot.

The Leftist perspective is predictable. No thought of justice for those who kill Americans.