Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Somalia: Al Shahbab terrorists fail in attack on Americans

(Mogadishu)  Yesterday the Somalian terrorist group 'Al Shahbab' tried to score a propaganda coup by trying to take out Wanlawayn Air Strip around  60 miles west of the capital Mogadishu, where US special forces, Somali special forces and Ugandan peacekeepers are based. It is also used as a launch site for US drones, the use of which has become a very painful thorn in the side of Al Shahbad, thus in their eyes a prime target.

The typical plan of action for all attacks in Somalia (and most of the Arab world) is to detonate a car bomb in the midst of the target area and then during the confusion rush in and scream 'Allah ackba' whilst murdering as many people as possible, The problem yesterday was, the US knew the base would be a prime target and were ready and so when the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED),rushed towards the base, it was met with death from above and the attack faulted and failed before it even started.
Here is a picture taken from the main camp after the VBIEB was detonated. As you can see that small truck contained some clout.

The follow up operation resulted in a clean sweep of the attacking force with 10 terrorists taken out for no casualties:
Naturally for the leftwing BBC the attack could only be a success for the terrorists and a huge failure for the US.