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US Airstrike In Somalia Monday Killed 5 To 10 – US Official January 9, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News, World News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The U.S. killed five to 10 individuals in this week’s attack on a target in southern Somalia believed to be associated with the al-Qaida terrorist network, a U.S. intelligence official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the operation’s sensitivity, said a small number of others present, perhaps four or five, at the targeted area also were wounded. The U.S. was still trying to figure out who they were – a process that may require a mix of intelligence and getting personnel to the scene.

A Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday that the U.S. military attacks against al-Qaida leaders in Somalia were based on credible intelligence. He would not address whether the operations were continuing.

Bryan Whitman would not confirm any of the details of the strike, which was conducted by at least one AC-130 gunship Monday in southern Somalia, and he would not say whether the attack successfully killed any specific members of al-Qaida.

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