American Samizdat

Saturday, January 27, 2007. *
Q: Mr. Secretary, can you share with us any details of the results of the airstrikes in Somalia? And can you comment on the international law aspect of it? Does the United States assert the right to attack anywhere in any country where you suspect that there might be some terrorists?

SEC. GATES: We've made pretty clear -- it's my impression for quite some time that members of al Qaeda and others who have attacked the United States, that we will seek them out and try to capture or kill them.

Q: And in Somalia –

SEC. GATES: And we will do that wherever possible with partners.

Q: And the results in Somalia, sir?

SEC. GATES: I'll just leave it at that.

Q: Thank you.

well, gates is wise enough to not try to offer any legalities to make the case that the rogue u.s. has the right to view the world as its stomping ground. i'll just leave it at that...

Oh, and...

The DoD is denying this, but there are reports of
American soldiers seized in southern Somalia, Arab and Western diplomats say
Mogadishu 26, Jan.07 ( Sh.M.Network) There have been mounting reports that number of American soldiers was missing in southern Somalia following the recent US air operations on the Islamist and al-Qaeda hideouts in southern jungles of the country, alsharqa, an Arabic newspaper based in Qatar reported on Friday.

The paper also reported that Kenyan police have seized armed Asians crossing from Somalia into the Kenyan border. The Kenyan police believe the foreigners were fighting alongside with Somalia’s defeated Islamists.

According to the paper, Arab diplomats, who have asked anonymity, confirmed that unspecified number of US foot soldiers was seized in southern Somalia where Islamists are believed to be hiding after their loss of the capital Mogadishu to the UN and internationally backed transitional government of Somalia and the Ethiopian troops in the country.

Western diplomats, who have not been named, also affirmed that US soldiers were missing in southern Somalia, Alsharqa reported.

It added that Michael Ranneberger, the US ambassador to Kenya, who met with Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, the defeated Islamist leader under the Kenyan custody, has asked Ahmed to explain where the missing Americans are lingering.

unable to find a web prescence for alsharqa

Finally, while on the subject of yet another non-talked about war, related to Somalia, only in name/title: (I sire some you guys can figure it out) Blackwater Down
The Jawa report has an interesting analysis of the jihidist groups taking credit for the helicopter downing:

Note: The above link is not a friendly blog...

Damn, on preview, this just in:

U.S. soldiers were abducted, then executed in Karbala
More about the abducted then killed US soldiers in Karbala

CCB*, he's a 'War President' don'tcha know...

*Chief Clearing Brush.
posted by Uncle $cam at 3:04 AM
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