Dobley airstrike

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Dobley airstrike
Part of War in Somalia (2006–2009)
Type Missile attack
Location Dobley, Somalia
Target Islamic militants
Date 3 March 2008 (2008-03-03)
Executed by  United States Navy
Casualties 4–6 killed

At 3:25 AM on 3 March 2008, two BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by a United States Navy warship hit the village of Dobley in Somalia.[1] According to US military officials the target of the attack was an al-Qaeda leader. Dobley district commissioner Ali Hussein Nuir stated that Sheikh Hassan Turki, a local militant cleric was meeting with leaders of a Mogadishu-based militant group nearby.[2] Varying reports of casualties surfaced with villagers reporting that between four to six people were dead. It is unclear whether these casualties were targets or civilians. Villagers also reported that an aircraft had attacked them, but US military officials denied these reports merely stating that an attack had indeed occurred and that they were looking into the results. At least two previous attacks of a similar nature occurred in 2007 where American forces targeted suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Ras Kamboni as well as in Bargal.

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