Shabab post photo of killed French commando
AFP and APNAIROBI/WASHINGTON -- Somalia's al-Qaida linked al-Shabab militants on Monday posted a picture on their Twitter account of an alleged French commando chief killed in a botched hostage rescue operation.
January 15, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
“French commander killed during botched rescue operation in Bulo-Marer,” read an accompanying caption to the photo.
The picture showed the body of the alleged commander, dressed in a black button-up shirt, and khaki pants, lying face up on an orange surface next to presumably his combat gear. A small crucifix showed from his neck. A second photo, also posted on the al-Shabab Twitter feed, showed the dead man in the same position but with bullet magazines and an assortment of guns and other tools of war strewn around and on top of him.
“Frangois Hollande, was it worth it?” read a caption accompanying the second picture.
France's military operation Saturday to free a French spy held hostage by the al-Shabab since July 2009 was a failure, with another French soldier killed and the fate of the hostage unclear.
U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. forces assisted in the failed attempt. Obama says the U.S. provided limited technical support and had no direct role in the assault. Obama disclosed the U.S. role Sunday in a letter alerting Congress.