CBS' David Martin identified the trio of suspects targeted by the US commando air-raid on Afmadow in southern Somalia he covered exclusively yesterday. They were abu-Talha al-Sudani, the supposed head of al-Qaeda operations in east Africa; Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, an indicted fugitive in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; and Saleh ali-Saleh Habhan, wanted for a plot against Israeli tourists in Kenya. Martin said that the raid killed eight people, none of whom has yet been identified.
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski cited the on-the-ground reporting from Mogadishu of ITN's Nima Elbagir: "The perception here is that actually the Americans have come in to prop up the interim government rather than coming in to fight al-Qaeda." Miklaszewski mused: "The operations in Somalia appear far from over."
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