U.S. official: Missiles fired at
Somalia terror target at Kenya Border
From Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent
WASHINGTON (CNN) - 02. March 2008 - The United States on Monday
used precision missiles to strike a "known terrorist target" in
southern Somalia, a U.S. military official said.
The strike near Dhoobley, which is close to the Kenyan border, was
aimed at a "facility where there were known terrorists" affiliated
with East African al Qaeda operations, according to the official.
News agency reports from the region are saying civilians were
killed in the attack, but the official said the United States
still is collecting post-strike information and is not yet able to
confirm any details about casualties.
The U.S. military official described Monday's strike as "very
deliberate" and said forces tried to use caution to avoid hitting
"We woke up with a loud and big bang and when we came out we found
our neighbor's house completely obliterated as if no house existed
here," a resident of the town, Fatuma Abdullahi, told The
Associated Press. "We are taking shelter under trees. Three planes
were flying over our heads."
Clan elder Ahmed Nur Dalab told AP that said a senior Islamic
official, Hassan Turki, was in town Sunday to mediate between his
fighters and a militia loyal to the government. Turki's forces
took over Dhoobley last week, AP reported.
In early 2007, Somali troops and their Ethiopian allies drove out
a radical Islamic group to which Turki is allied that had taken
over much of southern Somalia, AP reported. The Islamic forces
have fought to regain power. Somalia has been mired in chaos since
1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then
turned on each other.
The United States conducted similar strikes in southern Somalia in
January 2007 against al Qaeda targets, hoping to kill some of the
militants suspected in the 1998 attacks against the U.S. embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania.
U.S. officials later confirmed they did not believe they achieved
US military confirms launched strike
in South Somalia
Mon 3 Mar 2008
WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. military targeted
suspected "terrorists" in a strike launched early on Monday in
Dobley, Somalia, a senior U.S. military official said.
The official, who declined to be named, told Reuters: "We launched
a deliberate strike against a suspected bed-down of known
He said it was too early to know what damage had been inflicted,
including whether any people were injured or killed in the strike
launched overnight Washington time (early morning GMT). The
official declined to give details on the type of weapon used.
This was the fourth U.S. air strike on Somalia in 14 months.
Local officials and witnesses in Somalia said they believed two
missiles hit a makeshift house in Dobley, a town in a remote area
of southern Somalia about 140 miles (220 km) from the port city of
Kismayu, in a U.S. air strike against Islamist insurgents.