Breaking News: U.S. Air strikes in Somalia

MSNBC TV is reporting USAF AC-130 Air strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda operations in Somalia. A naval carrier group is heading to the region for support.

Updates as they come…

Updated (11:03 pm ET):
From the AP

The U.S. military launched a strike against several suspected members of al-Qaida in Somalia, a government official said Monday night.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the operation’s sensitivity, said at least one AC-130 gunship was used in the attack.

CNN, NBC and CBS first reported the military action. Citing Pentagon officials, CBS said the targets included the senior al-Qaida leader in East Africa and an al-Qaida operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

U.S. Navy vessels have been deployed off the coast of Somalia to make sure al-Qaida or allied jihadists don’t escape the country, the State Department said last Wednesday.

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