Somalia: UK weighs up air strikes against rebels

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Somalia: UK weighs up air strikes against rebels | World news | The Guardian

Mounting concern about the twin threats posed by pirates and Islamic insurgents operating in Somalia has led Britain and other EU nations to consider the feasibility of air strikes against their logistical hubs and training camps, the Guardian has been told.

The issue has been rising up the agenda of David Cameron's National Security Council in recent months, reflecting anxiety in the west about piracy, but also the ambitions of some leaders within al-Shabaab, the clan-based movement that is fighting against Somalia's western-backed transitional government.

Though the "war games" remain on the drawing board for now, the disclosure that they have been under serious scrutiny shows the depth of unease about the situation within the British government, which is hosting an international conference on Somalia in London starting on Thursday.

According to sources, the international coalition that has been spearheading the fight against the pirates drew up contingency plans in the summer of 2010, and again last year, for what was termed "over the beach" air strikes against Somali camps.

The UK has also considered plans for attacking targets in places where al-Shabaab and the pirates appear to co-exist, particularly in southern Somalia.
Hmmm. A nice can of worms.
 
#4
What happend to no more wars / bombing forighners untill after 2020 i thought we were having capability holidays not somali ones. That must have been the shortest goverment spending / defence diet in history with the munchies for more.
 
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What are NATO going to bomb? The feckers have done a great and continuing job of destroying they're own country. Wasting vast amounts of tax payer funded bombs on this latest basket case seems pointless unless of course your're a senior air force officer trying to justify funding after the Afghan thing comes to an end.
 
#6
has anyone got the budget to drop any bombs????
Maybe we should drop water bombs, that'd make the plants grow stop the hunger, problem solved.
 
#8
Oh no!!

Impossable mission for UK Armed Forces...

How can we do it now that Ark Royal and Harrier have been retired?
 
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I'm pretty sure I heard on the news that the government has just got a windfall of £7bn and a bit, and its gotta be spent somehow otherwise we won't get it next year...

Why not drop some bombs on the fuzzy wuzzies and muck up their training camps for a bit. Maybe...
 
#10
Reinventing the wheel again , Bomber Harris had the right idea in the 20's and early 30's.

"The only thing the Arab understands is the heavy hand."

Or poison gas and delayed action bombs at that time.
 
#11
Oh no!!

Impossable mission for UK Armed Forces...

How can we do it now that Ark Royal and Harrier have been retired?
If it needs more than the the odd 8,300 mile round-trip (15 hrs?) token air strike from the UK, probably involving several tankers borrowed from other nations like for Libya, I suppose it will depend on us begging (or paying through the nose) for host nation support again including sufficient 5* hotel accommodation for the hundreds of RAF support personnel required and a road/rail/air/sea logs train to rival D-Day.

There's always Akrotiri of course (only a 5,000 mile round-trip) but remember that we couldn't use it to launch strike missions against Libya for fear of outraging the Cypriot government. If we suck up to the French enough, perhaps they will let us use their base in Djibouti (only a 1,000 mile round-trip).

It's a pity we can't just send a carrier, isn't it? :)
 
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Dashed unsporting of these chaps to base themselves out of convenient range of a decent 5 star hotel. Who could have foreseen the need for a mobile ocean based airstrip? How's about we ask them if they wouldn't mind marking time until 2025(ish) when we will just about be ready to sort them out?
 
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Let some other fcuker bomb them. Thanks to the last government we have thousands and thousands of Somalis living in this country. Despite the fact we shelter them a few will want to extract revenge should we become involved. We don't want a repeat of 7/7.
 

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