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The Gunship Strike: A US Air Force AC-130 gunship unleashed its awesome power against an al Qaeda stronghold in Somalia on Jan. 7, confirmed Pentagon officials Tuesday after the new made headlines around the world. The strike targeted “what we believe to be principal al Qaeda leadership,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. These terrorists may have orchestrated attacks against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, noted Whitman. Several US naval vessels have moved into waters off Somalia.