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Why is the Bush administration worried about terrorism in Somalia?
Because Somalia is a chaotic, poor, battle-weary Muslim country with no central government. As Secretary of State Colin Powell has said, "terrorist activity might find some fertile ground there, and we don't want that to happen." Moreover, U.S. government officials say that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network supported Somali radical Islamists, organized training camps in Somalia, and threatened American troops in Somalia who were there on a U.N. humanitarian mission in the early 1990s.
Could Osama bin Laden or other al-Qaeda leaders hide in Somalia?
Conceivably. But they would have to get there first. And Somalia differs from Afghanistan in several key respects, experts say. First, while Somalia is about as big as Afghanistan, its landscape lacks Afghanistan's many natural hiding places. Second, Somalia is a more secular society where Taliban-style fundamentalism is unfamiliar. Third, Somalia's pragmatic, secular local authorities are well aware of the multimillion-dollar U.S. bounty on the heads of al-Qaeda leaders.
Originally posted by shots
I do however have some concern over this considering where this took place, I think that perhaps it is possible the individuals were not pirates but terrorists posing as pirates wanting to make an attack on US and Australian citizens. I say this only because their primary religion is Muslim based and I would not put it past them.
Admittedly, I could be wrong so this is just speculation on my part, but certainly a possibility knowing the radicals are fleeing Afghanistan and possibly Iraqi into African nations where it is believed they are now setting up new training bases.
Originally posted by Shoktek
Nice job trying to spin this report, but please post sources showing that this event was linked to terrorism...please post sources showing evidence of these "new training bases" in African nations...not that this couldn't happen, but it is a bit much to just throw this speculation in there right after this article, without any real basis for these statements.
Originally posted by sardion2000
To shots everyone is a potential Terrorist.
Originally posted by dgtempe
I have AOL and for some reason it wont let me copy and paste.
Originally posted by marg6043
Is not the first time that cruises has been targeted by pirates.
I do however have some concern over this considering where this took place, I think that perhaps it is possible the individuals were not pirates but terrorists posing as pirates wanting to make an attack on US and Australian citizens.