U.S. military already prepared with battle plans for Somalia pirates, say intelligence sources.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military commanders have already prepared battle plans for ending the scourge of piracy on the high seas off Somalia if President Obama pulls the trigger, sources told the Daily News Wednesday.
Retired U.S. Ambassador Robert Oakley, who was special envoy to Somalia in the 1990s, said U.S. special operations forces have drawn up detailed plans to attack piracy groups where they live on land, but are awaiting orders from the Obama national security team. "Our special operations people have been itching to clean them up. So far, no one has let them," Oakley told the Daily News.
"They have plans on the table but are waiting for the green light," Oakley said.A Special Operations Command spokesman at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., declined comment. A U.S. intelligence official, though dismissive of the pirates having any terrorism links, said "there is a more intense focus" now on these criminal gangs.
See my prior post on Spec Ops at McDill AFB Tampa Fl, Monday, November 10, 2008, Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda in Many Countries, Al-Qaeda in Somalia a favorite target, Al-Qaeda in Somalia had a website in Vancouver WA USA. Somalia Pirates link to Al-Shabaab terrorists, one funds the other.
“Al Qaeda Network Exord,” WASHINGTON — The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan, (Somalia) and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces (Navy Seals), were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.
Some of the military missions have been conducted in close coordination with the C.I.A., according to senior American officials, Al-Shabaab in Somalia is Al-Qaeda, see LA Times article, click here !