U.S. Navy SEALs carry out mission on Somalian base

The Navy SEALs raided the small Somalian town early in the morning on Oct. 6, only to be forced into retreat not long after.  According to officials, the mission was unsuccessful.  None of the targets were captured, leaving Al-Shabab, the terrorist group responsible for the Westgate Mall raid, in power.

After the four day raid on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.  Their motive being that Somalia was under foreign invasion. Al-Shabab has been a target not only for the U.S., but for other Western countries that share the common fear of terrorism.  The mission was carried of just out 110 miles south of Mogadishu, where the U.S. carried out a military operation in the early 90s.  Early Saturday, Oct. 5, the SEALs arrived in boats from the sea under the cover of darkness.  Their targets: high profile leaders of Al-Shabab including the leader of the group, Godane.  Although it was early in the morning, not all were asleep in the village.  A Barawe citizen was walking through to a Mosque.  He heard a strange noise and noticed three dark figures moving nearby.  The SEALs advanced to the targeted house where the target was stationed at.  Within ten minutes, the SEALs were greeted with gunfire from the house.  Eventually the SEALs were forced to retreat.  There were no American tragedies.

While the Shabab remains in power, the Navy SEALs’ war on terrorism will continue.