US carrier moves in to join Somali fray

January 9, 2007 19:41

Shifting a US aircraft carrier and its 60 warplanes from the Afghanistan war to Somalia has diverted the Navy from bleak winter fighting with the Taliban to an intelligence-fueled hunt for terror suspects in the Horn of Africa nation. The Navy says aircraft from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are flying regular intelligence missions over Somalia, playing a critical role monitoring the country's 1,880-mile coast and patrolling the vast swaths of sea that surround it to prevent suspects from escaping Three other US warships had already taken posts off Somalia, boosting US military involvement in a country it fled in 1994 after losing 18 soldiers in gritty urban combat.

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