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Somalia welcomes U.S. raid, says America doesn’t need permission

October 7th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Somalia welcomes the U.S. raid on an al-Shabaab leader this weekend, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Monday, adding that the U.S. does not have to ask permission for future action.

“We are welcoming more if this will help us get rid of al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab,” she said from London. “We have a cooperation, and they don’t have to ask us, because we are fighting a common enemy.”

“We are grateful to their support,” Adam told Amanpour. “Otherwise the whole region will be in turmoil.”

The U.S. launched a pre-dawn raid this weekend on a costal Somali villa. The target, a senior Obama administration official told CNN, was a foreign fighter commander: a Kenyan of Somali origin known as Irkma.

Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda subsidiary, launched a spectacular attack two weeks ago on a Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall.

“This [was] not just al-Shabaab,” Adam said, referring to the target of the U.S. raid. “This was al-Qaeda. It’s a global phenomenon.”

Despite the Shabaab attack in Nairobi, Adam told Amanpour that al-Shabaab is on the ropes.

“They were in fact controlling, before we came, the capital city, Mogadishu, and had most of the country,” the foreign minister said. “But now they are in a very, very small pockets in the country, including that small port where this incident happened.”

“The morale is gone,” she said. “We have taken back so many areas from them, liberated many people whom they abused and tortured. So it’s their last days and last legs.”


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  1. ashok

    This ought to have been Pakistan's reaction as well when OBL was found by the SEALS, living a comfortable suburban life in Abbottabad.

    October 8, 2013 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • TUNG

      awww..indians love to troll on every website around the world bringing pakistan into everything! but considering they are born to hate everything pakistani into brainwashed kids its expected.sigh

      October 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  2. jamaal

    I cannot believe she is claiming that she welcomes anyone who is fighting the shabaab. Last year at the UN she flatly refused the help of the African troops from Kenya to capture this same port of Baraawe from Al-Shabab. The Kenyan ambassador at the UN was incredulous when this same lady opposed 10 million dollars in funding for the Kenyan Navy to attack and capture Baraawe. Mr, Kamau, the Kenyan ambassador to the UN, said "he thought the Somali government was welcoming any help to fight the terrorists, and that he was clearly disappointed by the opposition of the Somali goverment. But we cannot force the Somali government to accept help." And now she is claiming that she welcomes anyone. She and the president of Somalia are in cahoots with al-shabaab in the south as long as they stay out of Mogadishu and they enslave rival clans in the south and keep the refugees in Kenya from coming back to reclaim their homes and jobs in Mogadishu. This is a win win deal for Al-shabaab and the Hawiye government in Mogadishu.

    October 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  3. Ahmed kanuu

    This is realy agood job and we welcome it doesn't need permission becouse we have one enemy! Called al-qaeda we have to fight togather

    October 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  4. Mk Ali

    Jamal, I can not believe that you are writing a such bad comment in public sites on your own people, shame on you!. Have you ever asked your self why you have to distinguished your people? If you haven't consider about it and never write a such comment in public sites.
    And let me remind you that this government is not for Hawiye clan, in fact it's for all Somali people.

    October 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  5. abadalla

    I agree with you, they bowed unquestionably the Kenyan invasion in Somali

    October 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
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    What a sell-out although don't expect much from someone who doesn't even know how to wear hijab properly.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:22 am | Reply
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    al Shabab has ruined so many things....they do not represent Islam or Somalia. They are simply crazy men in need of power. I support anyone who wants to get rid of them in exchange for a better and a peaceful world. We don't need al Shabab & al qaida or anyone who supports terrorism.

    October 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply
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