U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

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DavidLogan wrote:

It’s a good start. I don’t usually give this administration credit but…well done, guys

Sep 01, 2014 9:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kdk729 wrote:

My impression is that this is a dry-run for further incursions into enemy territory. With ISIS upping the ante in the Middle East, this is a great way to build operational confidence/experience before getting dropped into the fire…

Sep 01, 2014 9:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kdawg wrote:

Probably practice kdk729 for the upcoming attempt to reposses the heavy weapons Obama gave ISIS in Syria and bengazi.

Sep 01, 2014 10:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlfBundy wrote:

Guess no one remembers Black Hawk down. Liberal Dems (Clintons and now Obama) love to target black Africans that are very much outgunned by the military. How about wiping out ISIS Douchebags!

Sep 01, 2014 10:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AmericanGent wrote:

Since when do we have troops fighting in Somalia? Did Obama start a war I missed?

Sep 01, 2014 10:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Karadion wrote:

Kill them all. Don’t stop for nothing.

Sep 01, 2014 10:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jojopanama wrote:

Don’t worry Somalia. Obama will do nothing. Frankly, World, Don’t worry about Obama. He will do nothing. He will stall, he will face intimidating teleprompters, but he will do nothing. Black Hawk Down? Not even close. It will be nothing ventured, nothing gained and nothing decided for 3 more years. Welcome to a neutered, pro-Muslim, America.

Sep 01, 2014 10:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jojopanama wrote:

I’s love to post here, on Reuters, but in 4 years of trying I’ve figured out they only post pro-Obama rants. When the world collapses, I will have tried to say something in opposition. But, not on Reuters.

Sep 01, 2014 10:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
StefanMartinn wrote:

Our Military doesn’t need practice – Our Leaders need BALLS@

Sep 01, 2014 11:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JustShootMe wrote:

Yo, Obama, wrong country…Iraq and Syria instead…

Sep 01, 2014 11:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JustShootMe wrote:

@AlfBundy You took the words out of my mouth…

Sep 01, 2014 11:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

What is the reason of steering someone’s else pot. Obama should keep doing what he does best for him, play golf, and golf and golf his way out of WH. We can wait.

Sep 01, 2014 11:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DURO wrote:

Indeed, kdk729 Obama could use some practice, but I say is too late for him. Remember the “2 AM phone call”? He failed that test.
Our military needs no practice, what it needs is an experienced commander in chief. Obama should sign up for Putin’s class in “how not to ruin your country” subject.

Sep 01, 2014 11:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mustafaspeaks wrote:

Cats rule, dogs drool; Death to the imperialist dogs!

Sep 01, 2014 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChrisGolden wrote:

I’d prefer we take out ISIS in Iraq and Syria, then stare down Putin. But I’ll take what I can get from this Commander-in-Chief, and if all I can get is Somalia, I’m not going to turn it down.

Sep 01, 2014 11:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mrlibra64 wrote:

Wrong continent Valerie.

Sep 02, 2014 1:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse

jojo, welcome to the club!

Sep 02, 2014 1:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
303 wrote:

Actually kdawg, IS’ weapons came from the Iraqi army which got them from the US Army, which was also incidentally the same army that trained them for a decade to no great effect.

Sep 02, 2014 4:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jimbo2 wrote:

So the world is in all kinds of dangerous situations and Drudge has the naked celebrities as the headline. Which is actresses own darn fault in the first place.

Sep 02, 2014 6:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jimbo2 wrote:

Obama does little pinpricks here and there so he can golf and attend weddings and have fun.

Sep 02, 2014 6:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cooldela wrote:

Why has it always got to be the US doing the bombing?

I cannot wait to read the headline where the US is just one of many countries involved in the fight. Especially those Middle Eastern countries. Let them join in. Let us fight terrorism side by side with Muslim countries!

Of course I know that is a dream. Other countries are perfectly willing to let the American spill their blood and spend US dollars.

Oh well.

Sep 02, 2014 6:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
tomkay wrote:

Like a lot of adolescents, the president will want extra credit for what they are required to do in the first place.
I’m sure the WH will create a press release and hit the podium declaring a huge success, expecting golden praise.

Sep 02, 2014 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:

What do we call this attack? A police action? A war? What? Guess we have boots on the ground in areas of the world and we don’t hear about military actions until late.

Sep 02, 2014 7:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Windriver wrote:

No boots on the ground eh?

Sep 02, 2014 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SavageNation wrote:

Obama invades Africa and follows the French. JFK eat your heart out…

Of course the Hippies and Occupiers are too busy smoking pot and doing X at Burning Maam to be bothered with anti-war protests against a Democrat President.
Except for Nader and Chumpsky, they proved during Clinton’s Iraq and Serbian bombings, they weren’t so much Anti-War, as Anti-Republican.

Sep 02, 2014 8:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SavageNation wrote:

Obama invades Africa and follows the French. JFK eat your heart out…

Of course the Hippies and Occupiers are too busy smoking pot and doing X at Burning Maam to be bothered with anti-war protests against a Democrat President.
Except for Nader and Chumpsky, they proved during Clinton’s Iraq and Serbian bombings, they weren’t so much Anti-War, as Anti-Republican.

Sep 02, 2014 8:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
schm0e wrote:

If you don’t see ISIS and the Islamopaths as Putin’s tools then you’re not paying attention.

Sep 02, 2014 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JFKIII wrote:

Obama is just doing for show. Democrats are afraid of losing big time in the election in 2 months.

Sep 02, 2014 8:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TyroneJ wrote:

Congress needs to pass legislation allowing the stripping of citizenship from Americans, even native born, who serve in these terrorist organizations. If not that, then the ability to refuse them entry back into the US.

Sep 02, 2014 8:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IrwinBusk wrote:

al Shabaab – Shish kebab !

Sep 02, 2014 8:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
magnetron wrote:

Now we’re attacking some group named Alshabaab. It just looks like a couple soldiers chillin’ outside with some rocket launchers to me, not a major threat to U.S. security. Anyway, who am I, sittin’ here high and mighty behind my computer screen at 7:33 in the morning. I raise my cup of coffee to all the infidels among us and say, Good Morning, Alshabaaaaab!!

Sep 02, 2014 8:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What ever happened to OPSEC?

Sep 02, 2014 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Curmdugeon10 wrote:

I have no problem with this; however, the ground rules for intervention here seem entirely different than those the administration has applied in Iraq/Syria. What are the vital American interests, who are the American citizens that need protection in Somalia?

Sep 02, 2014 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nodeficit wrote:

This does several things well. Those that are most guilty of going after our embassy are punished. The new recruits may think twice about staying on-board a sinking ship, and last showing this kind of patience and this level of destruction maintains fear while delivering the highest return on our investment.

Sep 02, 2014 9:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

There are no major victories against terrorism. We got Bin Laden, a little 9/11 revenge. Each radical Islamic movement has a credo(Fatwa) and many generals, with more waiting to take their place. Killing Bagdadi of ISIS or Mashal of Hamas will not stop them.
Good Muslims are scared of them and won’t stand up or help us in our efforts, even in the USA. 1.8 million Gazans could have a life like the West Bank. The sheeple will not stand up to Hamas. Haniyeh shot 18(probably a lot more) Gazans in the back of the head for moving out of harms way (traitors?). Give your life for the Fatwa or DIE!

Sep 02, 2014 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DavidLogan wrote:

With any luck, Abdukadir Mohamed Abdukadir (better known as Ikrima)was taken out in this attack. I would consider him the most dangerous because he, most likely, has a God complex resulting from his successful evasion of US special forces

Sep 02, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

I’m always amazed how many ‘conservatives’ are fans of al Qaeda-linked militants, as proved by many of the posts on this thread. Traitors all.

Sep 02, 2014 10:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
br123422 wrote:

Great Job Obama…Finally!!!!

Sep 02, 2014 10:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

Just a normal day in “Achmedland”. Listening to Boko Harem music and eating Shabaab off the grill. Poor guys look bored. They need someone to shoot.

Sep 02, 2014 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Histarian wrote:

And 10 years ago we thought all those American kids wasting time playing video games were going to turn out to be worthless citizens. Go Game Boy!

Sep 02, 2014 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ScubaDude wrote:

When is the press going to stop referring to the Mujahideen as Al Qaeda? You can’t change something by changing its name; it’s still a creation of the CIA.

Sep 02, 2014 12:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Chris_novais wrote:

Those low level terrorists provides a decent living target practice and live exercise training for US soldiers and drones.

Sep 02, 2014 12:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NogginAbroad wrote:

OK, one airstrike, and 6 dead, identities unclear.

How much did it cost per person to nail these guys?

Well, that’s too much.

Sep 02, 2014 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

al Shabaab… WTF? Sounds like some half-rate Mediterranean Diner in Portland or something, lol.

Sep 02, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FRG73 wrote:

Regardless, this administration has no plan or idea as to what to do besides these band-aids. Bet you sure that the terrorist know their strategic aims and the tactics to make it possible. This President is educated? Really? In what, underwater basket weaving?

Sep 02, 2014 2:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Somalia is a sovereign nation.

I thought Obama didn’t go in for that.

Obama’s the most warmongering Nobel Peace Prize awardee in history.

Sep 02, 2014 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:

However “noble,” what “authority” allows these attacks?

Admittedly, we are in an increasing “…. rules unaffordable” world.

Still, why is Obama dragging his heels on going after ISIL? However limited, a SEAL team attack is “… boots on the ground.”

Again, by virtue of what authority?

Sep 02, 2014 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

SKYDRIFTER wrote: ‘what “authority” allows these attacks?’
Wow – it’s amazing how many cons on this thread have never read the Constitution. Here’s the short version: President Obama is Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States. He has explicit authority to launch an attack. I learned that in Jr. High. You should have too.

Sep 02, 2014 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:

Is Is this a pre election Teddy Roosevelt(obama), charge up San Juan mountain???????????..

Sep 02, 2014 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

This is great, but ISIS numbers in the tens of thousands. Sorry, but this won’t work.

Sep 02, 2014 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tiktin wrote:

What gives the president the right to go around the world having people assassinated? The line between having people assassinated abroad and having people assassinated at home is very thin. Murder is murder, regardless of where it takes place. When the head of state has the power to have people assassinated on his own ipse dixit, no one is safe. That is why the barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta. That is why Brutus and his friends were upset about the dictatorship of Caesar. That is why the Founding Fathers wrote in our constitution that no man may be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. That is why wise people everywhere have subjected their leaders to the rule of law. The American people are very foolish to let their leader get away with this. The president is not above the law. He needs to be indicted for murder in accordance with the rule of law.

Sep 02, 2014 8:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
freecheese wrote:

The U.S. forces need to get rid of the Somolies in Minneapolis first !

Sep 02, 2014 10:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Flechette wrote:

The U.S. is actively fighting various terrorist groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc, etc.

So when do we start calling this a World War?

Sep 02, 2014 11:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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