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How A Lone Terrorist Smoking A Cigarette Foiled The Navy SEAL Raid In Somalia

•, Brian Jones

So when they fail, it comes as a bit of a shock to the global military and defense community.

They failed this weekend, in a brazen attempt to capture a key member of Somalia's al Shebab terror group, and Matthew Cole and Jim Miklaszewski with NBC News have learned some details about what went wrong. 

Citing multiple military sources, they report that a team of roughly two dozen SEALs came ashore in the town of Barawe in southern Somalia and took positions around a building. Their mission: to capture a man known as Ikrima, who was believed to be in one of the houses. 

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