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How The Us Raid On Al-Shabaab In Somalia Went Wrong

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The Americans' target was an innocuous two-storey beachside house in Barawe, a fishing town of about 200,000 people that was a crucial slave trade port in the colonial era. In particular, they had planned the delicate operation of capturing, not killing, Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a Kenyan of Somali origin and senior commander of al-Shabaab who was linked to a number of terrorist plots.

The house, about 200 metres from the sea on the town's east side, is understood to be used by foreign extremists who have gone to Somalia to take up al-Shabaab's cause. The group's presence there was not news to Sheikh.

The claim is the Seal team was spotted and the element of surprise lost and the Seal team found too many women and children in the compound.

However in operations like this it's all too easy for things to go wrong. I bet the entire team was relieved to get out in one piece.

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