Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Good news from Qaeda's East African commander dead

The airstrikes in Somalia yielded a nice dividend yesterday as the death of al Qaeda's East Africa commander, Mohammed Fazul was confirmed.

Fazul was one of al Qaeda's most elusive, successful and dedicated commanders, and his FBI and CIA files are thick and varied, to say the least. He's been around a long time.

In 1993, Fazul was one of the leaders in the 1993 Black Hawk Down ambush which killed 18 US soldiers. In 1995, he was part of a failed assassination conspiracy against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; in 1998, he masterminded the bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam. Fazul also set up the 1996 Ethiopian Airline hijack in which four Israeli air industry directors and 3 Israeli civilians were murdered, helped organize the Oct. 2000 ramming of the USS Cole in Yemen, and set up the 2002, missile attack and raid of the Israeli Mombasa Paradise hotel in Kenya and on the Israeli Arkia airliner flying tourists into the resort.

Fazul's death is a major victory in the War on Jihad.

Still at large in the rout of jihadis from Somalia are senior al Qaeda leaders Ali Saleh Nabhan, from Kenya, and Abu Taha al-Sudani, from Sudan. Hopefully they're next on the list of extra crispy critters.

The US operation in South Somalia is still ongoing. The USS Eisenhower carrier which is patrolling the water between Ras Kamboni on the Somali-Kenyan border and Kismayo port, and the jihadis are cornered in this small area after being driven out of the rest of Somalia.

Planes from the Eisenhower are concentrating on the last routes to safety for the jihadis, either through the mountains on the Somali Kenyan frontier or as they attempt to slip out to sea in fishing boats. Aside from the planes on the Eisenhower and AC-130 gunship strikes from US air bases in Kenya, the guided missile destroyers USS Ramage and USS Bunker Hill, as well as German naval units stationed in Kenyan ports are patrolling the seas and blasting the Islamist positions from the sea.

And on the ground, aside from the Ethiopian/Somali forces and the Kenyans on their side of the border, Navy SEALS are also involved in cleaning the jihadi rats out of their nests.

All in all, good stuff, and a major credit to our military. And perhaps, just perhaps, a lesson to some people on how to really win the War on Jihad.

You can't `negotiate' with have to destroy it.


Anonymous said...

ff, you have offended the entire race/species of rats with your repeated comparisons of/to these jihais.
i hope you're happy.
as for myself, all i will say is, it's a start. on second thought, quite honestly, i don't even think it's the start of the start, or the start of the beginning, nor even the beginning of the start.
i am surprised, however, as it has been long enough for kofi annus to call a press conference, demanding the introduction of child rapists and other UN criminals that he helped support during his days at the UN, to isolate the jihadis from danger.

cue rosey.

Freedom Fighter said...

HAH! Actually, Louie, Kofi Annan has left the premises, to enjoy his ill gotten gains.

I do apologize to the rats, but they do seem to lend themselves to comparison with the jihadis..except for the fact that no rat would murder another and say it was a Holy act.

However,in terms of tribalism, territorial and parasitic behavior and general demeanor, the rats/jihadi comparison has its merits.