January 10, 2007

Mission accomplished: wanted Al Qaeda barbarian killed

We're finally taking the gloves off and really fighting this war. The suspected Al Qaeda barbarian, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in east Africa was killed in an American airstrike in Somalia, assisted by Ethiopia and Somalia, an official said Wednesday. Mohammed allegedly planned the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 225 people. He is also suspected of planning the car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis were killed in the blast at the hotel, 12 miles north of Mombasa. The missiles missed the airliner. Mohammed is thought to have been the main target of an American helicopter attack Monday afternoon on Badmadow island off southern Somalia.

The two days of airstrikes by U.S. forces were the first American offensives in the African country since 18 U.S. soldiers were killed there in 1993.

Click here to read the FBI's Most Wanted page on Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

For more on the effort in Somalia, click here. For more on the courage of Ethiopia, click here.