Friday, May 11, 2018

Kill and/or capture is just not working in the war on terror....

via Military Times.
U.S. and Somali commandos seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during a deadly raid in a village in Lower Shabelle region, Somali intelligence officials said Thursday.

Five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday and several others were captured, Moalim Ahmed Nur, a traditional elder in the village, told The Associated Press.

A Somali intelligence official said the forces targeted a key hideout and coordination center for the Somalia-based al-Shabab. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. Africa Command did not immediately comment on the raid. The U.S. has stepped up military efforts against al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa, under the Trump administration.
Story here. 


Want to see theories/concepts that don't work?  This should be at the top of the list when it comes to our war on terror.

How long have we been killing and/or capturing terror leaders?

How many high risk missions have we mounted to do the same?

Do you see a degrading of terror capability with all this effort?

I'm sorry to say I can't.  I've said they're starting to operate like nation state armies and we're seeing a conventional approach on their part when leadership is killed.

The next man steps up.

Five terrorists were captured in either Iraq or Afghanistan, I can't remember.  Awesome.  We hear about this raid.  Good.

But is this helping us get to our desired end state?  I just don't think so.

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