Somalia: April 17, 2002


The German Navy's screening of the East African coast for Al-Qaeda terrorists escaping from Afghanistan continues. The 2 April New York Times carried a ride-along report from one of the Breguet Atlantic BR 1150 patrol aircraft. In addition to fleeing terrorists, this part of Africa's coast has long been plagued with smugglers and pirates.

But even when they encounter suspicious ships, the German patrol planes were in no position to intercept them. The allied boats patrolling the Somali coastline were spread so thin that they cannot effectively stop most traffic. 

Meanwhile, Kenyan Muslim leaders told American ambassador Johnnie Carson that they were opposed to the use of Kenya's coast in the US-led war against terrorism - primarily due to fears of Somali retaliation. - Adam Geibel




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close