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Somalia's Presidential Palace Attacked By Islamist Militants

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

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

Deadly Car Bomb Attack Outside Somalia's Parliament

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Four people were killed when a car laden with explosives blew up near the parliamentary building in the Somali capital, Mo...

Soldiers in Schools: The Impact of Military Occupations on Education

Kyle Knight | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Schools are targeted in conflicts around the world. But attacks are only part of the problem, as significant harm can also be done when educational buildings remain intact and armed forces move in.

Militants Vow To Continue Deadly Attacks In Kenya

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The killers in the Kenyan village singled out non-Muslims, shooting them point-blank or slitting their throats, just like the ...

Dozens Dead In Militant Attack On Kenyan Town

AP | TOM ODULA and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The gunmen went door to door in the Kenyan costal town, demanding to know if the men inside were Muslim and if they spoke Soma...

Africa's Islamic Extremist Problem Doesn't End With Boko Haram

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida became a household name. But today, other extremist Islamist groups, m...

Al Qaeda's Growing Influence in Central Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Judging from the gains made by both Al Shabab and Boko Haram over the past year, the CAR and its neighbors should be concerned.

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.

Al Qaeda-Linked Militants Attack Somali Presidential Palace

AP | ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 04.23.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Nine al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and grenades died after attacking the presidential pa...

Somali Militant Commander Killed In Missile Strike

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A member of Somali rebel group al-Shabab was killed Sunday by a missile fired by a suspected drone, a rebel commander said...

Al Shabab Bans Internet In Somalia

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

MOGADISHU (Reuters)- Somali rebel group al Shabaab has banned the use of the Internet in the Horn of Africa country, giving telecom operators 15 days ...

Sophia Jones

The Somali Bomb Attack You Probably Won't Hear About Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.19.2013 | World

CAIRO –- On Tuesday morning, two suspected suicide bombers targeted the Iranian embassy in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. At least two dozen people ha...

Dadaab: The Clock is Ticking

Thymaya Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Thymaya Payne

If Dadaab were actually counted as a city, it would be Kenya's third or fourth most populous. Yet it's not counted; it doesn't exist. It's a liminal space, neither here nor there, and its inhabitants exist between worlds interminably.

Strike On Shabab Town In Somalia Likely By U.S. Or French Troops

AP | ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 12.05.2013 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya's capital, U.S. special forces on Sat...

Which Came First: The Chicken or the Terrorist?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

For many in this country, the Kenyan mall horror arrived out of the blue, out of nowhere, out of a place and a time without context. Next thing you know, it's all 24/7-ing on your TV set.

Security Footage Shows Just 4 Attackers In Kenya Mall Siege

AP | TOM ODULA | Posted 10.02.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Closed circuit television footage from a Nairobi mall attacked by terrorists last month shows four men carr...

Al-Shabab's Attack in Kenya: Media Coverage Plays into Terrorist Agenda

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Using blanket terms like "Islamist" to describe any non-secular Muslim group or individual is a lazy way to simplistically term an enormous spectrum of people and attitudes and philosophies and histories.

Muslim Leaders Denounce Al-Shabab As 'Enemy Of Islam And Humanity'

Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

Minnesota imams condemned the Somali terror group al-Shabab at the first Friday prayer services after its horrific attack on Westgate shopping mall in...

Journey From the Killing Fields: An Arms Trade Treaty at Last

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Frank Jannuzi

Last week's carnage in Nairobi underscores the importance of curtailing the flow of guns into the hands of governments like that of Syria or groups like the Somali-based Al-Shabab who use conventional arms to commit atrocities.

Education: A Challenge to Terror

Sarah Dryden-Peterson | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Sarah Dryden-Peterson

We believe that through education, our students will continue to be leaders in their communities, creating further opportunities for themselves and for others. Our students believe this too.

Al Qaeda's New Tactic: Spare Muslims

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 09.29.2013 | World

-- The turbaned gunmen who infiltrated Nairobi's Westgate mall arrived with a set of religious trivia questions: As terrified civilians hid in toilet...

Kenya: 'We Are At War' With Al-Shabab

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2013 | World

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg and James Macharia NAIROBI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Kenya is "at war" with Islamist militants who attacked a Nairobi...

Kenyan Troops Reportedly Caused Mall Collapse

AP | TOM ODULA and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 11.27.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's military caused the collapse of three floors of the Westgate Mall in the deadly terrorist siege, a top-ranking official...

Al Shabab Warns Kenya: 'Be Prepared For An Abundance Of Blood'

AP | TOM ODULA and JACOB KUSHNER | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — After almost a week, there is no precise death toll, no word on the fate of dozens still missing and no details on the al-Qaida...