Drone strike kills at least two in Somalia: residents

MOGADISHU Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:51am EDT

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least two Islamist al Shabaab insurgents driving in a car south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, residents said on Monday.

The drone fired a missile at the car in the outskirts of Jilib town in the Middle Jubba region, some 120 km to the north of the port of Kismayu to the south.

Although the United States does not report its activities in Somalia, drones have been used in recent years to kill Somali and foreign al Shabaab fighters.

Western nations are worried that Somalia will sink back into chaos and provide a launchpad for Islamist militancy despite a fragile recovery after two decades of war.

"This afternoon, I heard a big crash and saw a drone disappearing far into the sky, at least two militants died," said Hassan Nur a resident in the area.

"I witnessed a Suzuki car burning, many al Shabaab men came to the scene. I could see them carry the remains of two corpses. It was a heavy missile that the drone dropped. Many cars were driving ahead of me but the drone targeted this Suzuki," he added.

Other residents at the scene also said they had seen the strike. Somalia officials and police were not immediately available to comment about the hit, largely because the rebels control a vast area around where the drone struck.

Al Shabaab officials declined to comment.

It was likely the strike was aimed at a senior official of the rebel group travelling in the vehicle.

Al Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaeda, said in January 2011 that a missile launched from a drone had killed Bilal el Berjawi, a Lebanese al Shabaab fighter who held a British passport.

Another missile killed four foreign militants south of the Somali capital Mogadishu in February 2012.

Al Shabaab were driven out of Mogadishu in late 2011 and are struggling to hold on to territory elsewhere in the face of attacks by Kenyan, Ethiopian and African Union forces trying to prevent Islamist militancy spreading out from Somalia.

(Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by James Macharia; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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lwwgaw wrote:
Jesus: religious leader.
Mohammed: religious, political, military leader.

Jesus: never killed anyone.
Mohammed: killed an estimated 3,000 people, including 700 Jews in Medina

Jesus: never owned slaves.
Mohammed: received a fifth of the slaves taken in battle, including African slaves, as he was Arab.

Jesus: never married.
Mohammed: had at least 11 wives, plus slave wives, concubines, and women taken in battle

Jesus: never forced belief. In John 6, after teaching what Catholics call the Real Presence in the Eucharist (John 6:39-69), “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” (Jn 6:60) .. “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (Jn 6:66) Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Will ye also go away?” (Jn 6:67) ..Peter answered.. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” (Jn 6:68)
Mohammed: forced his followers to continue believing. As said in the Hadith al-Bukhari (Vol 9, Bk 84, No 57): “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.”

Jesus: did not permit his followers to lie.
Mohammed: obligated his followers to lie to spread Islam, called “taqyya”–sacred lying, holy deceit.

Jesus: did not permit his followers to rape.
Mohammed: permitted his followers to rape infidel women taken in battle.

Jesus: never avenged insults., but forgave.
Mohammed: avenged insults, ordering Ibn Khatal and his slave girls killed for making fun of him in poems.

Jesus: never tortured anyone.
Mohammed: had the chief of Khaybar tortured to get him to reveal the location of the tribe’s treasure.

Christianity: The first 300 years of Christianity saw ten major persecutions by the Romans. Thousands were killed in the Coliseum and were fed to lions. Never did they lead an armed resistance against those who attacked them.

Islam: The first 300 years of Islam saw Muslim armies conquered Arabia, Persia, the Holy Land, North Africa, Spain, Southern France, Central Africa, and invade vast areas of Asia Minor, Northern India, and Asia.

Religion of peace?

Oct 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chris876541 wrote:
Obama gets another one! In all fairness, Cheney/Bush could have droned a lot of terrorists but it was much more profitable for Halliburton to get them with boots on the ground.

Oct 29, 2013 1:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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