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January 10, 2007
Somalia: Target Destroyed

The US airstrikes have scored a success against one of their intended targets. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the attacks on American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed over 200 people (mostly Africans), died in the US attack on Islamists fleeing Somalia in the wake of their collapse against the Ethiopians:

The suspected al-Qaeda militant who planned the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in east Africa was killed in an American airstrike in Somalia, an official said Wednesday.

"I have received a report from the American side chronicling the targets and list of damage," Abdirizak Hassan, the Somali president's chief of staff, told The Associated Press. "One of the items they were claiming was that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is dead." ...

Mohammed allegedly planned the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 225 people.

He is also suspected of planning the car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis were killed in the blast at the hotel, 12 miles north of Mombasa. The missiles missed the airliner.

Mohammed is thought to have been the main target of an American helicopter attack Monday afternoon on Badmadow island off southern Somalia.

Apparently, the American intelligence had this target identified rather clearly. The attacks have continued now into their third day as the US wants to take advantage of the rout of Islamists from Mogadishu and Kismayo. We are making a point about the patience and tenacity of American counterterrorist efforts, one that even al-Qaeda won't be able to ignore.

We've taken down one mastermind responsible for attacks on America. Hopefully, more will be forthcoming.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 10, 2007 7:04 AM

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