Monday, January 14, 2013

Somali Witnesses To the Failed French Rescue Mission Describe A Night Of Mayhem And Confusion

France Defends Failed Somali Raid -- The Australian

SOMALI witnesses said at least eight civilians were killed in a disastrous French operation to rescue a secret agent, but France's defence minister defended the decision to launch the raid.

Sources in lawless Somalia suggested the reason Saturday's raid had failed was that the al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group holding the hostage had received advance warning.

The United States meanwhile, confirmed that it had played a limited support role in the French mission.

"Four civilians, including three from one family, are among the dead," resident Adan Derow said by telephone on Sunday. "They were all killed outside Bulomarer, where the French commandos landed before entering the city."

The victims were a couple, their son and another man, other residents said.

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More News On The French Raid And Failure To Rescue A French Hostage

Somali witnesses to failed rescue describe mayhem -- AP
Intelligence Agent Presumed Dead In Failed French Raid Of Somali Islamist -- Time
France believes hostage killed in Somalia rescue bid -- Reuters
Shabaab kills, captures French soldiers during failed rescue mission in Somalia -- Long War Journal
French Military Agent Apparently Killed in Raid -- Voice of America
Ahead of failed rescue in Somalia, hostage chained -- AP

My Comment: Even though this rescue attempt was done 2 days ago, the french government has still not given a full report on what happened. This tells me that there is information and intel that they wish to still keep secret .... or .... this raid was so botched up that they are still trying to put the pieces together. I guess the truth will only come out in the next few days.

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