Somalia ~ A French adventure gone terribly wrong

Somalia is the world’s best example of a failed state. Since 1988 a bloody civil war tears the country apart. The American’s tried to do something about it, back in 1993, it ended up as a catastrophy, known in the West because of the movie “Black Hawk Down”. In a single day the US forces lost two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, 18 soldiers were killed in action, 80 wounded and one helicopter pilot was captured. The US left Somalia, leaving the country as a prey for Islamists. Ever since the war has been ongoing. The Islamists gained more and more power, resulting in piracy in the Persian Gulf and in several kidnappings of Westerners.

France decided earlier last week to intervene in Mali, to fight al-Qaeda related groups. The influence and interest of France in it’s former colonies still remains. But it did not take long before France mourned it’s first victim. Maybe, the thought existed that freeing a hostage would do the deal?

Since 2 years the French Dennis Allex has been kept in custody by the al-Qaeda inspired Ḥarakat al-Shabāb al-Mujāhidīn, commonly known as al-Shabāb. A few days ago (on January 12th) French military forces attempted to rescue Dennis. It ended up in another “Black Hawk Down” scenario. What follows are two press releases by al-Shabāb and some tweets posted today (January 14th).

The first official release (posted on twitter by @HSMPress on January 12):

Another Botched French Rescue Operation

Bula-Marer (12/01/2013) – At around 0200 hours Saturday morning five French helicopters attacked a location in the town of Bula-Marer, around 30 km South of Marka in the Islamic Administration of Lower Shabeelle, in a botched rescue attempt aimed at releasing the French hostage Dennis Allex.

In a battle that lasted for about 45 minutes, the Mujahideen have, with the blessing of Allah alone, successfully foiled the attack and, after a fierce firefight, managed to repel the French forces that took part in the operation that was inevitably doomed to fail.

The helicopters attacked a house in Bula-Marer upon the assumption that Dennis Allex was being held at that location, but owing to a fatal intelligence blunder, the rescue mission turned disastrously wrong. Several French soldiers were killed in the battle and many more were injured before they fled from the scene of battle, leaving behind some military paraphernalia and even one of their comrades on the ground. The injured French soldier is now in the custody of the Mujahideen and Allex still remains safe and far from the location of the battle.

Despite the numerous warnings by the Mujahideen leaders, most recently Sheikh Mus’ab Abdul Wadud, that any attempt to forcibly rescue French hostages would result in disaster, yet Francois Hollande’s government heedlessly continues to plough on with the reckless policies of its predecessor.

The series of failed rescue attempts carried out by the French forces not only epitomise the French government’s distinct imprudence when it comes to dealing with hostages, but also clearly highlights its recurrent policy of continued disregard for the lives of its citizens. And instead of rescuing them, such ill-advised operations only further imperil the lives of the hostages. And in the end, it will be the French citizens who will inevitably taste the bitter consequences of their government’s devil-may-care attitude towards hostages.

As a response to this botched rescue operation by the French forces, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen assures the French people that it will give its final verdict regarding the fate of Dennis Allex within two days.

Press Office
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen

Today’s press release (posted on twitter by @HSMPress on January 14):

PRESS RELEASE: French Operation Commander Killed.

Bulo-Marer (14/01/2013) – The French rescue operation in Bulo-Marer, Lower Shabelle region, not only failed to secure the release of Dennis Alex but also resulted in the death of several of the French forces and injured many more.

Among those severely injured during the botched operation was the French commander leading the operation.

The commander was deserted by his comrades after a fierce firefight and subsequently captured by the Mujahideen. HSM paramedic teams arrived at the scene shortly after the firefight had ended and transferred him to a hospital at the base, but he succumbed to his injuries hours later.

The Mujahideen recovered several weapons and the soldier’s gear from the scene of battle and later also managed to retrieve valuable information from the soldier before his death. The body of the soldier is still within the custody of the Mujahideen.

Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen has also today reached a unanimous verdict on the fate of Dennis Alex after three and a half years in captivity. The details of that verdict and some background information of the events leading up to the failed rescue operation will be published in the coming hours Insha’allah.

Press Office
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen

And to ultimately prove that the French soldier was actually killed, these tweets were sent out earlier today (warning: some graphic images):

#French commander killed during botched rescue operation in Bulo-Marer, #Somalia

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January 14 2013 1:46 PM

François Hollande, was it worth it?

Januari 14 2013 1:56 PM

A return of the crusades, but the cross could not save him from the sword.


January 14 2013 2:26 PM

Some of the Ghaneema seized from the fleeing #French forces. Our provision lies under the shade of our swords.

January 14 2013 2:26 PM
And, to be totally honest, we haven’t seen the end yet … This was released on twitter just an hour ago:

Evan Kohlmann@IntelTweet

Shabaab: We “reached a unanimous verdict on the fate of Dennis Alex… The details of that verdict.. will be published in the coming hours.”

The war against Jihadism is now a world-wide spread phenomenon, if we do not cope with it in a sane way; we just might end up with another “Clash of Civilizations”, as predicted by Samuel P. Huntington, back in 1992.

Sources: @HSMPress, @azelin, @IntelTweet

One comment on “Somalia ~ A French adventure gone terribly wrong

  1. […] into using Twitter as a new communication forum. (See Dennis Allex – An agent betrayed and A French adventure gone terribly wrong). The last posts by this group included several on the failed French rescue mission in Somalia  and […]

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