A senior al Qaeda operative behind the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is believed to have been killed during a raid by covert forces in southern Somalia.Nabhan was also implicated in a hotel bombing in Mombassa and an attempted attack on an Israeli civilian airliner flying out of the Mombassa airport. While some of the reports claim that it was French forces involved, ABC News reports that it was US forces who participated in the attack.
Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and another person are thought to have been killed in the southern town of Barawe during a raid by what is thought to be French commandos. Nabhan’s death has not been confirmed, however.
Witnesses said foreign troops swept into the town on helicopters, killed Nabhan and another terrorist, and captured two others after wounding them, Mareeg reported. Some of the commandos were thought to have had uniforms with French markings.
The weak Transitional Federal Government does not own helicopters. The French have denied conducting such a raid. Another possibility is that the raid was carried out by US special operations forces under the task force assigned to hunt al Qaeda operatives across the globe.
In fact, they special forces involved appear to have conducted a snatch and grab, and took prisoners and the remains of two, one of which would be Nabhan.
Congratulations are in order to the US special forces and all those involved in tracking this terrorist down, and for President Obama in continuing to take the fight to the terrorists where they are.
Now is not the time to let up, and to continue tracking down terrorists in failed states like Somalia and elsewhere in the world so that they cannot have an opportunity to plot future attacks against the West and the US in particular.