Thirteen years after the Mogadishu debacle that left 18 American soldiers dead, U.S. forces were back — this time dealing death from above.
An Air Force AC-130 Spectre gunship attacked suspected al-Qaida members near the border with Kenya. The result: many dead, including the now-ubiquitous “senior terrorist figure,” this one linked to the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
While the quagmire in Iraq — like the Battle of Mogadishu years earlier — demonstrates the limits of American military power, operations like this one demonstrate a key strength: drone-guided airborne attacks that keep stateless enemies on the defensive.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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