U.S. is targeting al-Qaeda in Somalia


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 11:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military launched a strike Monday against several suspected members of al-Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News reported Monday.

The targets, CBS reported, included the senior al-Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al-Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The same operatives are also believed responsible for a 2002 attack on Israeli tourists in Kenya and an attempt to shoot down an Israeli aircraft the same day, NBC News reported.

Citing Pentagon sources, CBS reported that an Air Force AC-130 gunship led the attack against the site at the southern tip of Somalia.

There was no confirmation that the Air Force had killed either of the al-Qaeda targets.

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