The U.S. has stepped up its war effort in Somalia with a strikes against remaining Al Qaeda strongholds in Somalia. With the militant Muslim extremists in full retreat under a full-onslaught by the Ethiopians, opportunities are presenting themselves to finish off those who are fleeing. We have an inspirational video below the fold. .

CBS News has the full story.

As we celebrated last week, the U.S. provided naval assistance to Ethiopian army forces as they routed Islmo-fascists controlling most of Somalia. Our earlier coverage was here and here. We cheekishly suggested at the time that the U.S. should put Somalia in charge of Afghanistan and Iraq war planning.

The rapidly developing events in Somalia are a stark reminder that we are in a global war on terror. There will be ups and downs over the coming decades, yes, decades. Today is an up for the good old USA. We need more inspirational events like Somalia to counter the constant negativity offered by mostly anti-American critics of our righteous global fight. And as our new chums the Ethiopians have shown, we won’t always have to carry the major load.

A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively.

The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reports. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people.

The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second, and sources say a lot of bodies were seen on the ground after the strike, but there is as yet, no confirmation of the identities.

The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of Somalia, Martin reports, where the al Qaeda operatives had fled after being chased out of the capital of Mogadishu by Ethiopian troops backed by the United States.

Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the U.S. military started preparing for an air strike, using unmanned aerial drones to keep them under surveillance and moving the aircraft carrier Eisenhower out of the Persian Gulf toward Somalia. But when the order was given, the mission was assigned to the AC-130 gunship operated by the U.S. Special Operations command.

If the attack got the operatives it was aimed at, reports Martin, it would deal a major blow to al Qaeda in East Africa.

Meanwhile, a jungle hideout used by Islamic militants that is believed to be an al Qaeda base was on the verge of falling to Ethiopian and Somali troops, the defense minister said Monday.

People, I needed this story and I can’t fully explain why. I am reinvigorated and more optimistic about the fight against Islamo-fascism than at any time in the last year.

God Bless America the U.S. Military

“For Soldiers About to Rock”
“We Salute You !”

Love that video.

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