AMANDA SPERBER, via Jessica Stites, jessica at inthesetimes.com
Sperber just wrote the piece “U.S.-Assisted Raid in Somalia Killed Two Civilians, Villagers Say” for In These Times magazine. The piece gives local testimony that provides a rarely reported window into U.S. ground operations in Somalia.
Sperber writes: “When it was over, [James Ali] Khamis rejoined his family. His wife had vomited from anxiety and his seven-year-old son had passed out from fear. Khamis, a village leader, spent some minutes checking to make sure everyone in the community of about 10 total households was safe. His sister Waliyo Cali Qaasim was missing.
“A search party found her less than 10 minutes later, lying by the side of the road.
“‘It looked like she was sleeping,’ Khamis says. He rushed to her. Her body was already cold. She had been shot to death. The gun apparently had a silencer, muting the crack of the shot into that whisper of wind….