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Dozens Of Kenyan Police Officers Die In Al Shabaab Attacks

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

NAIROBI, May 26 (Reuters) - Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police on Monday, ambushing some officers in a village in the east of the coun...

Somalis Become Victims of Al-Shabaab's Violence Twice Over

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

The attacks of Al-Shabaab have been portrayed as a fight between Kenyans and Somalis. Though perhaps politically convenient, characterising Al-Shabaab as a Somali problem that can be solved through actions that target the Somali population ignores the evidence.

Suspected Al-Shabab Attack In Somali Capital Kills 10

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 04.14.2015 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ten people were killed on Tuesday in an assault on the offices of Somalia's education ministry and seven attackers were al...

Kenya Attacks Al Shabaab Camps In Response To School Massacre

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | World

By Drazen Jorgic and Edith Honan NAIROBI, April 6 (Reuters) - The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday...

Kenya's College Massacre Indicates Growing Threat From Somalia's Al-Shabab

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

A Brief History Of Somalia's Al-Shabab Terror Group

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

On Thursday, militants of Somalia's al-Shabab terror group launched a deadly assault on a college in eastern Kenya. Masked gunman stormed the grounds ...

Somalia Ends Al-Shabab Hotel Siege, 24 Dead

AP | Posted 03.30.2015 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Som...

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Death to Shoppers? Al-Shabaab and the Fracturing of International Jihadism

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

While governments speak of "defeating" jihadist terrorism, the reality is that this phenomenon will continue to metastasize into other forms, some more virulent other less. In the end, the most enduring legacy of jihadist violence will not be terrorism or even murder, but chaos.

Somalian Extremists Urge Attacks On U.S. Shopping Malls

AP | ANDREW MELDRUM | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., C...

Deadly Al-Shabab Suicide Attack Strikes Meeting Of Somali Officials

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

By Abdi Sheik and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb at the entrance of a hote...

Al Shabab Bomb Hotel In Somali Capital Ahead Of Turkish President's Visit

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

By Abdi Sheik and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates we...

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

Al Shabab Militants Stage Deadly Attacks In Somalia After Leader Killed

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2015 | World

By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheik MOGADISHU, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Somalian al Shabaab militants attacked a military base in the...

U.S. Confirms Drone Strike Killed Al-Shabaab Leader In Somalia

Reuters | Posted 12.31.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 31 (Reuters) - An air strike by an unmanned U.S. aircraft over Somalia this week killed Tahliil Abdishakur, the chief of the al Shabaa...

Somalia Says Senior Al-Shabab Leader Killed In U.S. Airstrike

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A leader of the Somali militant group al Shabaab was killed by a U.S. air strike in Somalia, U.S. and Somali officials s...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kenya Goes After Al Jazeera As Government Expands Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.19.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Kenya's government is going after the global news network Al Jazeera for running a documentary that exposes widespread government-sponso...

The Object of Al Shabaab Terror: To Set Up a Caliphate in Kenya

George Kegoro | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
George Kegoro

Assessing the recent terrorist acts in Kenya, the president explained that "the obvious intent is to create hostility and suspicion across ethnic and religious lines and to drive non-Muslims from certain parts of this country." In his view, "the ultimate aim of this atrocious campaign is to establish an extremist caliphate in our region."

Suicide Bomber Attacks U.N. Convoy In Mogadishu, 3 Dead

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu's airport on Wednesday, killing three people, Somali...

Dozens Dead In Attack On Quarry

Reuters | Posted 01.31.2015 | World

By Edmund Blair and Edith Honan NAIROBI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northea...

Kenya Claims To Have Killed Over 100 Militants In Somalian Raid

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed th...

Somalian Extremists Line Up Non-Muslims And Shoot Them

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 01.22.2015 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer ...

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

Al-Shabab Militants Pushed Out Of Last Significant Stronghold In Somalia

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — African Union and Somali troops on Sunday won control of a key coastal town that had been used by the Islamic militants of...

Islamist Terror Group Recruits Members With $50 And A Cell Phone, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

The typical terrorist in Somalia was recruited when he was young, poor and afraid. In some cases, he just wanted $50 and a cell phone. These are th...