Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The U.S. Continues Military Action In Somalia

Monday, March 3rd - The U.S. launched two or more cruise missiles at the Somali town of Dobley in an attempt to kill a single "Al Qaeda terrorist," the fourth attack in fourteen months. Six are reported dead, twenty wounded, and the terrorist - Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan - survived, although he may be among the wounded. The missiles were reportedly launched from U.S. submarines, though eye-witnesses saw AC-130 gunships flying over as well.

The "Somali Cause" has condemned the attack, urging the United States "to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia. It emphasized that the United States must place the same value on the lives of innocent Somalis as those of its own citizens and refrain from using arbitrary force to kill or apprehend any Somali citizen. This wanton use of force by the United States has resulted in the death and injury of innocent civilians, the destruction of their homes and their livelihoods while not capturing or killing a single terrorist."

On Tuesday, around 600 Somalis took part in anti-U.S. demonstrations. Protesters shouted "down with the so-called superpower," and some Dobley residents "said they believed the missiles were targeting senior Islamist leaders meeting nearby."

The U.S. took unilateral military action in Somalia in January of 2007, the first time since 1994, when two helicopters and an AC-130 gunship carried out two strikes against Islamist fighters. The attack left twenty-seven people dead, mostly civilians. Oxfam and local organizations reported seventy dead as a result of recent bombings as well as the destruction of vital water sources and herds of animals.

"The US were trying to kill the al-Qaida terrorists who carried out the bomb attacks on their embassies in Kenya and Tanzania," Somalia's deputy prime minister, Hussein Aideed, said. "They have our full support for the attacks."

The Somali president, Abdullahi Yusuf, told journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, that the US "has a right to bombard terrorist suspects who attacked its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania".

In the months before the attacks, the U.S. was accused of covert military operations in Somalia in support of President Abdullahi Yusuf's transitional federal government. "The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms."

Even earlier in 2006, the U.S. was secretly backing warlords and militias in Somalia in opposition to Islamic groups. The interim government blamed U.S. support for provoking the clashes that left hundreds dead.

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