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Monday, June 22, 2009

SARASOTA Since surviving Somalia’s “Black Hawk Down” carnage in 1993, decorated Army veteran and University of Florida journalism school grad Keni Thomas has had one of those marquee careers that raises logical questions about destiny and fate. As part of The Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign to honor veterans, the Junior League of Sarasota and the Junior League of Manatee County are hosting Thomas at an 11 a.m. luncheon at Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota. Patterson’s Legacy project hopes to draw attention to veterans issues and Sarasota National Cemetery, where construction work on Patriot Plaza will turn the memorial into a national showcase.  On Oct. 3, 1993, Thomas was with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment coordinating with Delta Force operatives to capture Somali militia bosses gathering in the nation’s capital. The targets had been attacking United Nations peacekeepers and sabotaging humanitarian relief efforts.

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Somalia Muslim terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda drag naked body of US Helicoptr Pilot through streets of Mogadishu you Bastards Never Forget!
 
By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Monday, August 25, 2008; After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia’s most notorious Islamic militia Al-Shabaab, now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to Al Qaeda (1993 Black Hawk down Mogadishu) and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship.”We are negotiating how we can unite into one,” said Muktar Robow, a top military commander of Al-Shabaab, which the U.S. State Department designated a terrorist organization in 2008. 
The body of a dead US soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.
“We will take our orders from Sheik Osama bin Laden because we are his students.” Merging with Al Qaeda operatives in the region makes sense, he said, given the recent U.S. crackdown, including a May 1, 2008 airstrike that killed Shabab’s previous commander.”Al Qaeda is the mother of the holy war in Somalia,” he said. Most of our leaders were trained in Al Qaeda camps. We get our tactics and guidelines from them. Many have spent time with Osama bin Laden.” There are indications of a fairly close Shabaab-Al Qaeda connection, though it’s not clear to what extent they’ve been operationalized,” he said. Shabaab has been boosting its forces in recent months with an influx of (Al-Qaeda) fighters from around the world, including Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Indonesia, Chechnya and even the United States.
Al Jazeera recently aired footage of a masked Shabaab commander who called himself Abu Mansur al-Amriki and spoke with an American accent. His identity could not be confirmed.Robow said Shabaab’s roots lay with the collapse of Mohamed Siad Barre’s military regime in 1991, the last time Somalia had a functioning government. With help from a team of fighters sent by Bin Laden, he said, future Shabaab leaders cut their teeth killing U.S. forces in 1993, including the downing of a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter, which led to the deaths of 18 U.S. soldiers.U.S. intelligence agencies took note after the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Somalia’s Islamic hard-liners (Al-Shabaab) were accused of harboring the Al Qaeda operatives who executed the attacks.
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