U.S. Hits Al Qaeda Targets in Somalia

The Giant was reawakened on September 11th, 2001 with a fire in it's belly and revenge on it's mind. With thousands of terrorists imprisoned, thousands of others dead, and with even more on the run, the war has just begun.

The United States continues it’s offensive in the bloody and complicated war on terror.

A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia. The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa.

The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of Somalia, Martin reports, where the al Qaeda operatives had fled after being chased out of the capital of Mogadishu by Ethiopian troops backed by the United States.

Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the U.S. military started preparing for an air strike, using unmanned aerial drones to keep them under surveillance and moving the aircraft carrier Eisenhower out of the Persian Gulf toward Somalia.

In this long-term struggle against Islamic-extremist domination, beginning in Afghanistan and continuing throughout the world, we will see death and destruction. We will see hurt and pain. We will see the forces of evil make strides in its quest but we will see the forces of evil pay the price. No one wakes up asking to be in war and no one wants to have to deal with the knowledge of lives, be them ours or non-combatants, being at risk. But the want and the reality share nothing in common. So this country must fight.