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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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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...

The African Elephant's 'Last Days'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.28.2014 | Green
Joe Peyronnin

The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 100,000 elephants.

Kenya: Africa's Hottest Emerging Oil Exporter

James Stafford | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
James Stafford

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exacerbated by the limited international response.

One Year After Al-Shabaab's Westgate Attack in Kenya

Charlotte Florance | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Charlotte Florance

Al-Shabaab remains a real and credible threat and should be addressed as one. The likelihood of another spectacular commercial shopping center attack in the region remains as real today as it did a year ago.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exasperated by the limited international response.

Uganda Arrests 19 Suspects Tied To Plotting An 'Imminent' Terror Attack

Reuters | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Ugandan police have arrested 19 people in connection with a foiled attack in central...

Somalia's Al Shabab Names New Leader After U.S. Airstrike

AP | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, named a new leader Saturday after confirming the killing of their previous ...

Pentagon: Al Shabab Leader Killed In U.S. Strike

AP | ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airstrikes earlier this week killed the leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia, the Pentagon said Friday. Preside...

Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

ISIS and the G-41 World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Isolationist America's foreign policy and standing in the world has been further emasculated in the process. Conservative political pundits in the U.S. criticize President Obama for failing to act in a more decisive manner to stem the tide. They remain delusional in their belief that anything the U.S. can do will make a difference.

Somalia's Presidential Palace Attacked By Islamist Militants

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali troops retook the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged...

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

Bus Bombings In Kenyan Capital Kill At Least 2

AP | By TOM ODULA | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people were killed and at least 60 wounded when two homemade bombs exploded on buses along one of the busiest highways i...

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?