Well, why not? We’re bombing Yeman, and now Somalia. The rumor is that Yemen and Somalia are, together, plotting to attack the U.S., and sharing training techniques. Our first attack on Somalia since 2009 happened in June 2011:
American military officials said there was new intelligence that militants in Yemen and Somalia were communicating more frequently about operations, training and tactics, but the Pentagon is wading into the chaos in Somalia with some trepidation.
Many are still haunted by the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” debacle, in which 18 elite American troops were killed in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, battling fighters aligned with warlords. Senior officials have repeatedly said in private in the past year that the administration does not intend to send American troops to Somalia beyond quick raids.
Boston.com reports U.S. troops have actually hit the ground in Somalia twice, to recover and identify dead militants:
The operation is at least the second time US troops have landed in Somalia after a targeted strike, though no forces have been stationed there since shortly after the “Black Hawk Down’’ battle that left 18 Americans dead in 1993.
Among the concerns about the threat to the U.S.?
More than 30 Somali-Americans from cities like Minneapolis have gone to fight in Somalia in recent years. Officials say they fear that Qaeda operatives could recruit those Americans to return home as suicide bombers.
The U.S. now has Predator and Reaper drones operating in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and now Somalia. Memeorandum has a developing thread on this story.