Coalition Achieving Success in Horn of Africa
By Kathleen T. Rhem
successes in U.S. Central Command have led to the capture of suspected
terrorists and interdictions of drug shipments off the Horn of
Africa, a senior CENTCOM official said today.
of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa have worked closely
with local governments and with CENTCOM’s maritime component to
combat terrorism in the region, Marine Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler,
CENTCOM’s operations director, said during a telephone interview
with Pentagon reporters from the command’s forward headquarters
in Doha, Qatar.
give specific numbers, but said terrorists have been "brought
to justice" by host-nation authorities. He called this the
"perfect solution" from coalition officials’ point of
the way it should be," he said. "It’s their country.
It’s their sovereign territory."
members have been in the Horn of Africa as part of the war on
terrorism for more than a year. Their mission is to work with
local governments and military forces to enhance those country’s
counterterrorism capabilities, share intelligence and perform
civic-assistance projects, Sattler explained.
forces are working with the militaries of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia,
Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen. The task force headquarters is at
Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.
working particularly hard to cut off lines of communication from
the Arabian Peninsula across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
Intelligence in this arena has led to the capture of suspected
terrorists, Sattler said.
He said "a
number" of suspected terrorists have been taken from dhows,
traditional fishing vessels in the region, and "pushed into
the interrogation system because of their ties to al Qaeda,"
but gave no other details.
these dhows, officials have captured several suspected drug dealers
and turned them over to law-enforcement authorities of the local
have been successful when we’ve stopped those dhows," Sattler