US Somalia attack may have gotten head of Islamist militia

Reuters:

The U.S. air strike in Somalia last week may have wounded or killed a senior militia leader who the United States says protected three al Qaeda suspects wanted by Washington, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, said she believed the raid killed eight "fighters" for Aden Hashi Farah Ayro, head of an Islamist militia who may have been seriously wounded or even killed.

"Ayro had been instrumental in sheltering the three al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists that we are interesting in bringing to justice for the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania," said Whelan in answer to a question at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

"He (Ayro) was important to us as without his help, the top three, could not have stayed in Somalia."

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There is more. What this demonstrates is that those in Somalia who denied ties to al Qaeda and the Islamist were not telling the truth. It is further evidence of the wisdom of helping in the overthrow of the Islamic religious bigots. Apparently the search for the three continues and the Kenya border is still heavily patrolled.

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