Tuesday, January 09, 2007

US target al Qaeda in Somalia

US planes taking off from Djibouti have bombed several strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Somalia. AC-130 Gunship is said to have been involved in the strikes. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke into regular programming at around 00:30 GMT with the Breaking News. The information was said to come from a senior Pentagon Official. Al Qaeda has been very active over the past decade in the region. Two notable events were the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Over 250 died.
The missile strike is believed to be the first US action in the region since the infamous ‘Black Hawk Down” incident [or Battle of Mogadishu] in which 18 marines died and dozens more injured. This recent strike is said to have taken place in the southern part of the country and according to CNN may be connected with the 1998 bombs. Of all the so called rolling-news channels only CNN had reported the even by 01:00 GMT. Sky continued to show the taped CBS news broadcast whilst the BBC were showing World Business Report. Al Jazeera in English also continued with regular programming. The most recent addition to the 24 hour news broadcasters, France 24, continued with rolling news but did not mention the recent strike.

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