US Launches Operation in Somalia to Target Al Qaeda

Mission targets the Islamic militants believed to be behind the mall bombing in Kenya.
1:31 | 09/02/14

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overnight, the U.S. Military launching an operation against an Al Qaeda terror group in Africa, the islamic militants behind the mall bombing in Kenya that killed dozens last year and Martha Raddatz is reporting from Washington, good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, George. According to officials this raid in Somalia targeted senior operatives, reports from the region say it was carried out by drones but in the past, U.S. Navy S.E.A.L.S have been a big part of these raids. Last year in the same port area, the S.E.A.L.S conducted a late night raid reaching the shore by boat but came under unexpected gunfire and retreated for fears of civilian casualties but these Al Qaeda affiliated militants are a huge threat in Africa and one of beyond so many threats the U.S. Adealing with right now. One of those, the threat of a Russian military escalation in Ukraine. Would that threat loom and with the president headed to take concrete action. It's expected a new nato rapid reaction force will be endorsed some 4,000 troops that could be deployed within 48 hours to serve as a detemperature to Russia for those nato allies that are near the border. Then there's the Isis threat, the U.S. Is hoping to build a coalition to fight the terrorist group in Iraq and see what can be done to stop them in Syria, as well. A lot on their plates. Announcing new measures, thanks very much. As you said, a lot on their plate. Now to that breakout at a

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