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Apparently the French team approached the site by land after being dropped off by helicopter. Their presence was compromised by locals living near the target compound. Some of those locals may have tried to warn the mujahideen inside the compound - causing the French to have to silence the civilians. Somewhere between 3-8 locals were killed, but the exact number is not clear.
It's hard to know what the "Soamli Gov't" is complaining about - the French hostage who was the primary goal of this mission has been held for 3-1/2 years by Al Shabaab. He is being used as a pawn and his captors are not serious about negotiations. So they have to assume that hard consequences are going to happen sooner or later.
Posted by Raider 2013-01-15 14:11||
#2 Eight civilian terrorist facilitators and 17 al-Shabaab militants reportedly died in the operation
"Botched" my aching arss !
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-15 14:17||
#3 Anything that kills a 'civilian' or loses a friendly is a botch, though I can accept a kill ratio of 30 to 1.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-15 19:23||