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Al Qaeda-Linked Militants Attack Somali Presidential Palace

AP | ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 02.22.2014 | 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...

Al Shabab: Foreigners 'Legitimate Target' In Kenya Mall Siege

AP | By ANDREW O. SELSKY | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Al-Shabab, the armed Somali Islamic extremist group that attacked a shopping mall in Kenya, said Wednesday that foreigners were ...

Terrorist Attack on Kenyan Shopping Mall Should Cause Americans to Pause

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

The American public needs to wake up and pressure its government (as do probably Kenyans and Ugandans their governments) to stop intervention in Somalia.

Militant Group Behind Mall Siege Makes Wild Claims

AP | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The militant group behind the four-day takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that Kenyan government forces used chemical...

Nairobi Attack: Some Christians Matter More Than Others

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

We should all be outraged by the murder of innocent Saturday shoppers in Nairobi, but far greater numbers of civilians are being killed in the name of fundamentalist Islam in Nigeria and Sudan.

Kenya Says Security Forces Have Taken Control, Gunfire Reportedly Heard From Mall

Reuters | Richard Lough and Duncan Miriri | Posted 11.23.2013 | World

* Kenyan president says militants "defeated" * Says 5 militants dead, 11 held, 67 other people dead * Bodies still under...

Obama Calls Attack A 'Terrible Outrage'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama says the United States stands with Kenya against the "terrible outrage" of a shopping mall terrorist attack. ...

King: Group Behind Nairobi Mall Shooting Recruited In The U.S.

AP | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A member of the House Homeland Security Committee says the al-Qaida affiliated group behind the deadly attack on an upscale shopping mal...

Death Toll Rises In Kenyan Mall Massacre

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 11.22.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Kenyan military remained in a tense standoff with Islamic extremists Sunday, as the toll rose to 59 dead, including children, an...

Twitter Just Booted Al Qaeda -- Again

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 09.07.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The flagship Twitter account of al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked terror group, was closed Friday for the second time this year, ...