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Somalia: Jihadists Storm U.S. Air Base, Bomb Military Convoy in Surprise Attacks

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We have a military base in Somalia, and yet refuse to study or understand the jihad ideology that motivates attacks such as this one. We are facing a global jihad, and American authorities in the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and other agencies steadfastly maintain that Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with what is happening, and that it’s really all about poverty and alienation. Meanwhile, the enemy is quite clear about what they are all about, and their explanation is all Islam, from beginning to end. This heedlessness will have consequences.

“Jihadists ‘Storm’ U.S. Air Base, Bomb Military Convoy in Surprise Somalia Attacks,” by Tareq Haddad, Newsweek, September 30, 2019:

Jihadists in Somalia have attacked a U.S. military base in the southern Lower Shabelle region of the country on Monday, while a second attack targeted a European peace-keeping envoy in the capital of Mogadishu.

In the first attack, two cars packed with explosives were driven towards the Balegdole [sic] air base before being detonated at its gates. Bursts of gunfire then followed as jihadists tried to breach the base.

Al-Shabab, Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked insurgent group, said it was responsible for the attack in a statement and claimed its fighters had been successful in entering the base.

“After breaching the perimeters of the heavily fortified base, the mujahideen [holy warriors] stormed the military complex, engaging the crusaders in an intense firefight,” the statement said.

Al-Shabab are known for often exaggerating their statements however, and a statement from the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia’s office denied that entry was made.

“The United States condemns the attacks today in Baledogle and Mogadishu,” the statement said. “We commend the Somali security forces who repelled the attack against the Somali National Army (SNA) Base in Baledogle, Lower Shabelle region.

“The security forces stopped this ultimately failed attack due to their alertness and swift response, not allowing the attackers to breach the outer defensive perimeters of the base.”

The Bolegole base, roughly 100 km (60 miles) west of Mogadishu, houses Somali special forces, U.S. special forces and Ugandan peace-keeping troops….

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