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U.S. Attacks Al Qaeda Terrorist in Somalia

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2008 – Defense Department officials today confirmed an attack against an al Qaeda terrorist in Somalia yesterday.

“On March 2, the United States conducted an attack against a known al Qaeda terrorist in southern Somalia,” Bryan Whitman, Pentagon spokesman, said.

“As we have repeatedly said, we will continue to pursue terrorist activities and their operations wherever we may find them,” he said.

Whitman said the United States works closely with partners in the region in the conduct of military operations.

“We share common goals with respect to fighting terrorism,” he said. “We will continue to seek out, identify, capture and, if necessary, kill terrorists where they plan their activities, carry out their operations or seek safe harbor.”

Whitman said these are not the first U.S. military operations in Somalia. No other details were made available.

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