Last night I linked to a CBS News article that gave us great news about the United States, in conjunction with Ethiopian troops, going after al Qaeda in East Africa, specifically the masterminds behind the 1998 embassy bombings. They may have been successful.
A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attacked suspected al-Qaeda members in southern Somalia on Sunday, and U.S. sources said the operation may have hit a senior terrorist figure.
Additionally, Fox News’ sources at the pentagon are also saying that several al Qaeda targets have been killed.
Today we’re hearing that the strikes have resumed and with US helicopter gunships:
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. helicopter gunships attacked suspected al-Qaeda terrorists hiding in Somalia Tuesday, a Somali official said, a day after U.S. Special Operations forces launched at least two air attacks against suspected al-Qaeda members in this restive Horn of Africa country.
The attack helicopters were trying to kill Islamic extremists, said a defense ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak. The report could not be verified.
Rick Moran has even more on yesterday’s air strike at his blog Right Wing Nut House and goes into detail on how the strike was brilliantly executed. Be sure to scroll down and read all of Rick’s post because he also exposes how lefty bloggers are dismayed that we used the military option instead of negotiating with the Islamic Courts Union, the ICU.
Update: Jim Hoft has much more on the second air strike as well as the photos of the terrorists we were targeting.
Update II: Jay at Stop the ACLU has a blog roundup.