Another key factor is U.S. President Barack Obama\’s switch in his counter-terror strategy from drone strikes against al-Qaida to pinpoint raids by small Special Forces teams, as seen in Somalia and Libya Oct. 5.These were triggered by Islamist violence in both countries, including the Sept. 21 seizure of the Westgate shopping mall inl Nairobi, capital of Kenya, by fighters of Somalia\’s al-Qaida affiliate, al-Shabaab, that left at least 67 people dead.The U.S. SEAL Team 6 seaborne raid on the Somali coastal town of Barawe to capture al-Shabaab mastermind Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir,a Kenyan of Somalia origin, ran into heavier than expected resistance and had to be aborted.But the U.S. Army\’s Delta Force had more success in its raid on Tripoli when they grabbed longtime al-Qaida fugitive Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, aka Abu Anas al-Libi, indicted by a U.S. court in 2000 for the August 1988 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 224 people.
- AFRICOM builds up military bases in Italy for small-scale “secret wars” in Africa (blacklistednews.com)
- U.S. builds up military bases in Italy for African ops (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- Target of failed US navy raid in Somalia had ‘planned attacks on Kenya’ (theguardian.com)
- US forces raid Somalia, Libya; al-Qaida leader captured (bangordailynews.com)
- US Inflating Threats in Africa to Justify Expansion (antiwar.com)
- TERROR DIARY Journal links British ‘White Widow’ to al Shabaab (foxnews.com)
- We were informed of U.S. raid: Somali President (thehindu.com)