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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Somali fury at 'al-Qaeda killing'


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    Somali Islamists will avenge the raid in which a top al-Qaeda suspect was reportedly killed in Somalia, an al-Shabab commander has told the BBC.

    Kenyan-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan is believed to have been killed in a US military helicopter raid on Monday. US agents have been hunting Nabhan for years over attacks on a hotel and an Israeli airliner in Kenya in 2002. It is believed he fled to Somalia after the Mombasa attacks and was working with the al-Shabab group.


    The al-Shabab commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak publicly, said the insurgents would retaliate against US interests.


    "They will taste the bitterness of our response," he told the BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan in the capital, Mogadishu.


    Somali sources told the BBC that six helicopters were involved in the attack on Monday afternoon on two vehicles in the southern coastal town of Barawe, which is controlled by al-Shabab.


    A US official was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying special forces had flown by helicopter from a US Navy ship and fired on a vehicle that they believed was carrying Nabhan - whose body was then taken into US custody.

    His wife has told the BBC from the Kenyan port town of Mombasa that she has begun the customary 40-day period of mourning.

    Our reporter says the raid has raised concern among Somalis. They fear such attacks by foreign forces may help to fuel extremism, instead of combating it, our correspondent says.
    The US last launched a major strike in Somalia in May 2008, killing al-Shabab's military leader and at least 10 others. The raid led to protests by villagers and critics say it had little effect on al-Shabab's capabilities.

    French connection?

    Analysts say Nabhan is one of the most senior leaders of al-Qaeda's East Africa cell.
    He is suspected of bombing an Israeli-owned hotel in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, and trying to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002.

    The authorities in Kenya also regard him as a suspect in two attacks on US embassies in the region in 1998.

    US-based Somalia expert Andre le Sage told the BBC's Network Africa programme that Nabhan's death, if confirmed, would severely hamper the network's ability to operate in the region.

    But he said new leaders would probably emerge to take Nabhan's place.
    BBC defence correspondent Nick Childs says the raid seems to be something of a departure from recent US tactics in Somalia, which have tended to use long-range missile strikes and aircraft to try to get at militant suspects.

    Earlier reports had quoted witnesses as saying the troops wore uniforms with French insignia and had flown from a ship bearing a French flag. But the French military strongly denied involvement.

    During 2007 and 2008 the US carried out air strikes against Somali Islamist groups it accused of links to al-Qaeda.

    The US and France both have troops stationed in neighbouring Djibouti.

    Monday's assault comes several weeks after a French security adviser held by militants in Mogadishu managed to get free. A colleague seized at the same time remains in captivity.

    Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

    Rival Islamist factions are battling forces loyal to the weak UN-backed government, which controls only small parts of the capital Mogadishu.

    Al-Shabab are said to have links to al-Qaeda, and to have been reinforced with foreign fighters.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8256893.stm
     
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    MOGADISHU, Tuesday

    Mombasa-born Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, believed to be one of Al Qaeda’s top operatives in East Africa, was killed by US commandos on Tuesday in an attack authorised by President Barrack Obama.

    He is believed to have been killed when a car was attacked by US helicopters in southern Somalia.

    His mother, Mrs Aisha Abdallah, said the authorities had not notified her of her son’s death and she was going by what she had seen on TV.

    Mr Nabhan, 28, was suspected of assembling the truck bomb that killed 15 people at Kikambala in 2002 and fired a missile at an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport. He missed.

    Opened fire

    A Somali government source said Mr Nabhan was in a car with other insurgents from al Shabaab when US special forces attacked them on Monday near Roobow village in Barawe District, 250km south of Mogadishu.

    Washington says al Shabaab is al Qaeda’s proxy in Somalia.

    A US official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said US special operations forces aboard two helicopters opened fired on the vehicle.

    The troops took away the body, the official said, and were confident it was Mr Nabhan’s.

    The official said four Somalis were killed while the Somali government source said that Mr Nabhan and four others died.

    “These young fighters do not have the same skills as their colleagues in Afghanistan or elsewhere when it comes to foreign air strikes,” the government source said.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/658678/-/umvejo/-/index.html
     
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    Mmoja baada ya mwingine. Sasa tusubiri Osama, neeext
     
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    Arobaini yake itamfikia tu.
     
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    Duh!! Walianza kwa Baitula, akafuatia huyu na jana wamemtenda Mohammed Top.
     
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    Kenya criticises US Somali raid



    Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula has criticised last week's raid by US forces in Somalia in which a suspected al-Qaeda member was reportedly killed. Mr Wetangula told the Reuters news agency that he felt uncomfortable when the US conducted operations in the region without sharing information.

    He said such "lone ranger behaviour" had frequently failed to achieve the stated goals.
    Kenya is a US ally in the fight against East African Islamist militants. Mr Wetangula also said that he welcomed any "success" in the raid.

    US Special Forces flew into Somalia by helicopter, killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and carried away his body, officials said.


    Analysts say Nabhan was one of the most senior leaders of al-Qaeda's East Africa cell.

    It is believed he fled to Somalia after the 2002 attacks and was working with the al-Shabab group, which the Americans see as al-Qaeda's proxy in Somalia.


    Al-Shabab, which controls much of southern Somalia, later staged a suicide bombing on African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu, saying it was revenge for the US raid.

    Nabhan was suspected of two attacks on the same day - bombing an Israeli-owned hotel in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa and trying to shoot down an Israeli airliner.

    The authorities in Kenya also regard him as a suspect in two attacks on US embassies in the region in 1998.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8269066.stm
     
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