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  • GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq, with Shariah as worldwide aim

    06/26/2014 6:18:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | Brigitte Gabriel
    There is a great deal of confusion and ignorance about the jihadist organization ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which has been waging a terror campaign in those two nations for some time now, culminating most recently in the seizure of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. ... ISIS has a specific goal in mind and that is the formation of an Islamic state ruled by Shariah. This is very important to understand because this is a common goal of all the major jihadist organizations across the world. It is shared by al Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar e Taiba, Abu Sayyef,...
  • FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria

    06/03/2014 3:07:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 6/3/14 | KMSP
    The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight for al-Shabaab in Syria. Investigators believe Somalis who left to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism. The FBI asking the Somali community in the Twin Cities for more information on anyone who may have left to fight overseas. If you know anyone who is planning to and/or has traveled to a foreign country for armed combat or who is being recruited for such activities, please contact www.fbi.gov/fttips or call (763) 569-8020. All information will be kept completely...
  • Obamas Share Boko Haram’s Agenda to Eradicate Christian Education

    05/12/2014 9:41:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat, Theodore Shoebat, and Ben Barrack
    Few pay attention to the common agendas shared by Boko Haram (the terrorist group that has kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls) and the non-profit organizations ran by the Obama family. The primary goals of both is to eradicate western education in Africa; the evidence is overwhelming. ... the foundation bearing the name of Barack’s grandmother – the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF). In the interview, Musa confessed that the MSOF accepts western donations under faulty premises (helping orphaned children with AIDS) and then uses those funds for scholarships to send Kenyan students to extremist Wahhabist schools in Saudi Arabia. In...
  • Somalian Islamists Publicly Execute Christian Women

    03/18/2014 3:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    INN ^ | 3/18/2014, 11:14 AM | Ari Soffer
    Two Christian women were publicly beheaded by Islamist terrorists in southeastern Somalia, as part of a campaign to “wipe out” any Christian presence in the east African country. The Morning Star reported Friday that the two women—identified as mother-of-two Sadia Ali Omar, 41, and her 35-year-old cousin Osman Mohamoud Moge—were executed by the Al Qaeda-aligned Al Shabaab militia in the port town of Barawa in the Lower Shebelle Region after their Christian identities were discovered. Villagers were reportedly forced to witness the murder, including Omar’s eight and 15-year-old daughters. Locals described the harrowing scenes as the younger daughter screamed in...
  • Somalia: Al-Shabab attacks presidential compound

    02/21/2014 4:12:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | February 21, 2014|7:32AM ET | Al Jazeera and wire services
    The presidential palace in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, home to the country’s internationally backed government, has been hit by a massive car bomb, followed by a raid by gunmen, police and witnesses said. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed. Police said at least 14 people died in the attack, including five Somali officials or soldiers and nine attackers, according to the Agence-France Presse news agency. The palace is now back under full control of the government. Somali armed group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on the heavily fortified compound, known as Villa Somalia. United Nations Special Representative to Somalia...
  • Kenya carries out deadly air strike on al-Shabaab

    01/11/2014 2:29:44 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-01-10 | FRANCE 24 with AFP
    At least 30 members of the militant Islamist group al Shabaab have been killed in an air strike on one of their training camps in Somalia, Kenya’s military said on Friday. The raid, which took place Thursday evening, targeted an al Shabaab camp in Garbarahey, a district situated in the southwestern Gedo region, which is near the country’s borders with Kenya and Ethiopia. "KDF (Kenya Defence Force) fighter jets attacked an al Shabaab camp, where a meeting was being held," a senior KDF official said. "Initial battle damage assessment indicates more than 30 al Shabaab militants [were] killed, including key...
  • Kenyan military claims airstrike on al-Shabab training camp in Somalia

    10/31/2013 4:10:26 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 31.10.2013 | dr/ipj (Reuters, AP)
    The Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) said Thursday its warplanes had bombed a training camp located 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Binswor, Somalia, that is allegedly used by fighters of the al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab. The operation follows a Kenyan drone strike on Monday that killed two leading al-Shabab fighters. Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna told Reuters news agency Thursday's assault was in retaliation for the Westgate attack on September 21, which killed at least 67 people. The Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) said Thursday its warplanes had bombed a training camp located 50 kilometers (30 miles) east...
  • Norwegian suspect named as Kenya mall gunman

    10/18/2013 5:35:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    A Norwegian citizen of Somali origin is suspected of being one of the attackers who stormed a Kenyan shopping mall last month massacring 67 people, the BBC said. Related Stories Norwegian citizen possibly involved in Kenya mall attack: Norway Reuters Kenya Westgate probe still has many questions AFP Oslo probes if Norwegian involved in Kenya mall attack AFP Charred bodies from Kenya mall 'highly likely' to be gunmen: lawmaker Reuters Norwegian-Somali ID'd as Kenya mall attacker Associated Press The 23-year-old was named as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, who the BBC said is suspected of helping to plan and carry out the...
  • Thousands of additional troops urged for force in Somalia

    10/16/2013 6:11:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 16, 10:46 AM | Colum Lynch
    UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a surge of thousands of African troops in Somalia to stem the threat of terrorism posed by Islamist insurgents and ensure the survival of a U.N.-backed government, whose success Washington believes is crucial to defeating extremist groups in the region, according to a previously undisclosed appeal. In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, Ban urged member nations to provide the African Union Mission in Somalia with financial and military support, including attack helicopters and advanced logistical and intelligence equipment. He warned that there was an urgent need to...
  • King Defends Israel in Extraordinary House Debate (Michael Scheuer)

    10/11/2013 11:20:33 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 32 replies
    Hamodia Torah Jewry ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Yochonon Donn
    WASHINGTON - Taking on one of the United States’ most prominent Israel critics Wednesday, Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is mulling a presidential run, defended the special relationship with Israel as essential for U.S. security. The sparring came when, at a Homeland Security Committee hearing on the threat posed by Somali al-Qaida affiliate Al Shabaab, former CIA al-Qaida analyst Michael Scheuer said that al-Qaida would leave the U.S. alone if they were to abandon their alliance with Israel. “If it was up to me I’d dump the Israelis tomorrow,” Scheuer said. “All I worry about is the...
  • A Look at Eritrea, an Isolated African Nation [know your third world hellholes]

    10/10/2013 3:09:38 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 8, 2013 | RODNEY MUHUMUZA By The Associated Press
    Eritrea declared independence in 1993 following a United Nations-backed referendum in which Eritreans voted to break away from Ethiopia. Eritrea's pro-independence leaders fought a guerrilla war against Ethiopia that ended in 1991. Relations between landlocked Ethiopia and Eritrea, which has a Red Sea coastline, have since remained tense, with both countries' armies occasionally clashing over an undefined common border. From May 1998 to June 2000, the neighbors fought a costly and bloody war over a disputed border territory. Both countries continue to accuse each other of supporting armed groups across the border. ... Eritrea has long been accused of fomenting...
  • NBC News Exclusive: How the SEAL Raid on Somalia Went Bad (Obama Sets up SEAL Team 6?)

    10/07/2013 3:32:36 PM PDT · by kristinn · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, October 7, 2013 | Matthew Cole and Jim Miklaszewski
    The team of less than two dozen Navy SEALs from Seal Team 6 huddled in one fast boat and headed toward the Somali shoreline under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Saturday morning. Three more small boats with additional SEALs flanked the assault team’s craft, to provide back-up and assist with the planned extraction of an al Shabaab warlord named Ikrima. According to multiple U.S. military sources, the lead boat landed, and the assault team hit the beach near the Southern Somali town of Barawe, headed for the fortified seaside compound of their target. U.S. intelligence had...
  • Official: Navy SEAL team pulled out when it couldn't capture suspect alive

    10/07/2013 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:28 AM EDT, Mon October 7, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six pulled out during a raid to capture suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima when it became clear that he couldn't be taken alive, a senior U.S. official told CNN. "Their mission was to capture him. Once it became clear we were not going to able to take him, the Navy commander made the decision to withdraw," said the official, who has direct knowledge of the entire Somalia operation but declined to be identified publicly.
  • Failed Navy SEALs raid on Somali target could bolster Al Shabab (Today)

    10/06/2013 11:50:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 6, 2013 | Mike Pflanz
    Past US strikes on Al Shabab leaders, even successful ones, have not diminished the group.A commando unit from the US Navy’s Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobi’s Westgate mall terror attack. The operation could have opposite its intended result of discouraging further attacks. Analysts warn that even earlier successful targeted strikes against Al Shabab, a Somalia-based Islamist militant group, failed to curb the group's capacity to carry out international terror attacks, and that failed missions could...
  • Navy SEALs abort mission to capture al-Shabab leader in Somalia

    10/06/2013 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 6, 2013
    In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, before eventually aborting the mission to capture a leading terrorist suspect linked to last month's Nairobi shopping mall attack after a fierce firefight. A U.S. Navy SEAL team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers. The raid on a house in the town of Barawe targeted a specific al-Qaeda suspect related to the mall attack, but the operation did not get...
  • US forces reportedly carry out missions in Somalia and Libya

    10/05/2013 5:52:57 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 20 replies
    LAT ^ | October 5, 2013 | David S. Cloud
    WASHINGTON -- Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group's deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said. Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa was reportedly captured in Tripoli, Libya. A U.S. official said the Somalia raid involved commandos storming a beachfront house in a town not far from Mogadishu. It remained unclear whether the target of the raid was killed or even was...
  • Navy SEALs capture terror suspect linked to Kenya mall massacre in daring raid on Somalia

    10/05/2013 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 5, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    American officials have announced the capture of an unidentified official of the al Shabab terrorist organization The terrorist was seized in an early morning raid at the beachfront house in Baraawe, Somalia where al Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was last known to be living Al Shabab confirmed the attack, saying one of their fighters had been killed but that they had pushed back the SEALs American officials would not say whether the official had been taken dead or alive A Navy SEAL team has launched a daring raid on Somalia and captured a top terror leader linked to last...
  • U.S. Says Navy SEALs Stage Raid on Somali Militants

    10/05/2013 2:31:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Nicholas Kulish and Eric Schmitt
    A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility. The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago. The Shabab leader...
  • Militant base 'attacked from sea" in Somalia

    10/04/2013 11:20:16 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/5/2013 | BBC
    Unidentified foreign forces have launched a night-time raid on a militant base in the south Somali town of Barawe from the sea, reports say. A spokesman for the al-Shabab Islamist group told Reuters news agency that one of its fighters had been killed during the raid....... Al-Shabab claimed responsibility last month for the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping mall..... According to the Somali news website Midnimo, two helicopters were also involved in the raid..... "Westerners in boats attacked our base as Barawe beach and one was martyred from our side," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Masab, described as al-Shabab's spokesman for...
  • Fallout from Somalia still haunts US policy 20 years later (Anniversary of Battle of Mogadishu)

    10/03/2013 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 3, 2013 | Paul Alexander
    Editor’s note: Stars and Stripes Pacific News Editor Paul Alexander was the first Associated Press reporter into Somalia after “Black Hawk Down.” On the 20th anniversary of that infamous battle, he looks at the lessons learned — and forgotten. U.S. and U.N. officials had high hopes for the cauldron of famine, venom and easy death that Somalia had become by late 1992. First, a U.S.-led multinational military coalition went in to provide security and ensure food relief was getting to the starving. Early success in that United Nations humanitarian mission created a chance to take peacekeeping to a new level,...
  • Report: Footage shows Kenyan soldiers looted mall after attack

    10/03/2013 2:22:55 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 64 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 3, 2013, 12:53 PM | Alexander Trowbridge
    Surveillance camera footage from the site of last month's terrorist attack in Kenya appears to confirm allegations that government soldiers looted the luxury mall's vacant shops amid the chaos, a Nairobi paper reports. According to The Star newspaper, CCTV footage from the Westgate Mall shows Kenyan soldiers stealing from cash registers, and filling shopping bags with money following the bloody Sept. 21 attack that killed at least 67 people. The Kenyan military took control of the mall roughly six hours after the attack began, and according to the Nairobi newspaper, soldiers can be seen looting two hours after that. The...
  • Kenya: Jihad torture and jihad denial (Geller demands U.S. government stop importing jihadists)

    10/01/2013 5:39:38 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    WND ^ | September 30, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    “They removed eyes, ears, nose. They get your hand and sharpen it like a pencil then they tell you to write your name with the blood.” So reported the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail also reported that “the Muslims who stormed the Kenyan shopping mall reportedly burnt victims’ faces and cut off their hands in an attempt to conceal their identities before piling the bodies up by the main door to slow the progress of the rescue teams. One security officer said the mall had been turned into a slaughterhouse (an abattoir) within half an hour as the jihadists went...
  • Al-Shabaab and Obama’s Family Push For Islamic Kenya

    10/01/2013 5:27:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 30, 2013 | Theodore Shoebat
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Al-Shabaab and Obama’s Family Push For Islamic KenyaPosted By Theodore Shoebat On September 30, 2013 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 12 Comments Both the al-Shabaab terrorists and the Obama family want the nation of Kenya to be under Sharia code.Al-Arab wrote that Obama’s cousin, Musa Obama, “studied Sharia in Medina” and has called “upon the Arab and Islamic states to put more effort toward aiding the Kenyan Muslim brethren, especially since there is much support coming from Western nations and Western churches.” Musa has also confirmed that his organization, the Mama Sarah...
  • The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists

    09/30/2013 8:25:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 27, 2013 | Alec Torres
    <p>As if the senseless massacre of innocents in Nairobi’s Westgate mall was not horrific enough, reports are surfacing that the Islamic terrorists who seized the mall last weekend tortured, beheaded, raped, and mutilated their victims before killing them. A police doctor who entered the mall after the attack said these reports “are not allegations. Those are f***ing truths.”</p>
  • Al-Shabaab leader hails "Battle of Nairobi," quotes Qur'an: "You killed them not, but Allah...

    09/29/2013 6:04:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/28/2013 | Robert Spencer
    Here (thanks to Kamala) is a statement from Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, the leader of Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM), the Mujahideen Youth Movement of Somali that carried out the Kenya mall jihad mass murder last week. Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr is well pleased with the murders, and explains why with multiple quotations from the Qur'an and Hadith -- not that this has anything to do with Islam, of course. TRANSCRIPT: Speech of HSM Leader, Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, regarding the #Westgate Operation All praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and victory is for the Muttaqeen...
  • The 'White Widow' : the new face of terror

    09/27/2013 6:20:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Uk Telegraph ^ | September 27, 2013 | Joe Shute
    The woman in a full-length burka walked calmly into the drab government office. She moved close to the desk behind which an administrator was shuffling his papers. Others queued around her. Suddenly, without warning, she detonated the suicide vest she was wearing. The explosion flashed a brilliant white on the grainy CCTV before the cameras cut out, obliterating everything – and everyone – in the room.
  • Blame game over Westgate attack (Terrorist attack in Kenya)

    09/27/2013 6:18:07 AM PDT · by spetznaz · 8 replies
    Daily Nation ^ | 27 September 2013 | Nation Team
    Rivalry among security agencies and lack of clear command lines badly affected the response to the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall, the Nation has established. Jurisdictional differences appear to have extended to blame games among security agencies, as Kenya recovers from its worst terror attack since the 1998 bombing of the Embassy of the United States of America in Nairobi. Various units of the Kenya Police and the Kenya Defence Forces played key roles in the rescue operation after a band of terrorists linked to Somalia-based Al-Shabaab attacked the shopping mall on Saturday and killed dozens before holding an...
  • Videos: Terrorist attack in Nairobi, 59 dead; Update: US diplomat’s wife killed

    09/24/2013 12:02:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 22, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab has launched a lengthy massacre in an upscale Nairobi mall popular with Westerners, with a death toll of at least 59 people so far. The attack comes in reprisal for Kenya’s participation in suppressing the terrorist networks that operate in al-Shabaab’s home base of Somalia, and specifically targeted “non-Muslims.” It’s essentially a replay of Mumbai from five years ago, with the only question remaining is how many more will the terrorists kill before getting killed themselves or committing suicide. The terrorists told Muslims to clear out of the mall before attacking the rest:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Kenyan military...
  • CAIR’s Money Laundering Scheme

    09/24/2013 7:15:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 24, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - CAIR’s Money Laundering SchemePosted By Matthew Vadum On September 24, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments The Muslim Brotherhood’s front group in the United States conceals donations from Islamist governments overseas by maintaining a complex web of shell organizations, according to a new report.Right under President Obama’s nose, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) engages in an ACORN-like game of corporate musical chairs with its convoluted corporate structure and head-spinning funding machinations, Charles C. Johnson reports in the Daily Caller. Among the bombshell allegations, previewed Friday in FrontPage, are that...
  • So. The US is now Exporting Terrorism?

    09/24/2013 8:17:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    09/24/2013 | Responsibility2nd
    Two Billion Dollars. I heard this morning (and I'm looking for a source) that $2,000,000,000.00 has been sent in recent years from US tax payers to fund a Somali terrorist group known as al-Shabaab. And what is al-Shabaab now known for? That's right - the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. As I freep this; 68 deaths have been reported with many more injured. And reports are sketchy as to whether or not officials have contained the situation. What else do we know about al-Shabaab? It seems that it's not enough that the US is funding this group,...
  • Jihadist Massacre in Kenya (Quote from B. Obama "al Qaeda has been decimated")

    09/23/2013 4:29:53 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    wsj ^ | 9/22/13
    <p>The bloody jihadist assault on a Kenyan shopping mall shows that while al Qaeda forces may be dispersed, they are still highly dangerous. The gunmen fired their way into the crowd Saturday afternoon and hurled grenades as they made their way to the upper levels. At least 68 people had been killed and 205 injured as we went to press. Dozens more are being held hostage. Escapees report the terrorists are targeting Westerners and non-Muslims.</p>
  • 'Five of the Kenyan mall massacre gunmen are American' (snip)

    09/22/2013 7:14:09 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 45 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/22/2013 | Louise Boyle, Ellie Buchdahl, Stuart Woledge and Ryan Gormam
    The FBI is investigating claims that up to five of the terrorists who killed 68 people in a despicable attack on an upmarket Kenyan shopping mall are Americans, as the Kenyan military reported that it had rescued hostages and secured 'most parts' of the center following the two day standoff. Sources close to terror group Al Shabaab told CNN on Sunday that nine extremists had been named on their Twitter account along with their nationalities and allegedly included U.S. citizens. The account has now been suspended by the site. And just before sundown Kenya Defence Forces posted on its Twitter...
  • Breaking CNN: Kenya Terrorist Gunmen From U.S.A.

    09/22/2013 12:23:49 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 239 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/22/2013
    CNN: Three of the gunmen in the Kenyan mall attack that killed at least 68 are from the United States. Two are from Minnesota, one from Missouri. This is a developing story stay tuned to CNN for more information.
  • Flashback: 7/7 bomber's widow sought over Kenya terror plot

    09/22/2013 9:02:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2/29/12 | Sandra Laville, Clar Ni Chonghaile in Nairobi
    The wife of one of the 7 July 2005 suicide bombers is being sought for questioning in Kenya over a suspected terror plot, it is understood. Counter-terrorist officers in Nairobi are investigating whether 28-year-old Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to the King's Cross bomber, Germaine Lindsay, was part of a terror unit, affiliated to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, that planned to target the city of Mombasa last Christmas. The fugitive – who has three children with her – escaped capture in December when police intercepted the group in Kenya. Eric Kiraithe, a Kenyan police spokesman, told the Times: "We...
  • Kenya Westgate mall hostage standoff continues; 59 dead so far, minister says

    09/22/2013 5:07:45 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 78 replies
    CBS ^ | September 22, 2013, 6:58 AM | CBS/AP
    NAIROBI, Kenya The attack by al Qaeda-linked militants at an upscale mall in Nairobi killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya's interior Cabinet secretary said Sunday. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles. "The priority is to save as many lives as possible," Joseph Lenku said, reassuring the families of the hostages in the upscale Westgate mall. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said. Lenku said that there are 10 to...
  • 'All Muslims leave...we only want to kill non-Muslims': Gunmen massacre at least 30 in Kenyan mall

    09/21/2013 11:48:06 AM PDT · by matt04 · 97 replies
    Kenyan police and soldiers have pinned down the remaining gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre earlier today, killing 30 and leaving at least 50 others injured. A security source at the scene in the capital Nairobi confirmed moments ago the attackers have been isolated. The source said: 'The attackers have been isolated and are pinned down in an area on one of the floors - the rest of the mall seems to be secure.' No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is looking increasingly likely the Somalia terrorist group al-Shabaab may be responsible. A statement released...
  • 31 people dead in hostage standoff at Nairobi mall (36 hostages still held by Al Qaeda linked group)

    09/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Michael Martinez. Faith Karimi and Zain Verjee, CNN
    There are 31 people confirmed dead in Saturday's attack at a Nairobi shopping mall, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted. "Bodies in the lobby area and ground floor to be removed," the organization added. Several hours after the assault began, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. There were also 100 people injured, the official said. As darkness fell in Nairobi, authorities said as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the gunmen in the mall... Americans were also injured in the attack, said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf. But...
  • Gunmen Storm Nairobi Mall, at Least 25 Killed (On scene photos by Reuters)

    09/21/2013 11:23:36 AM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, September 21, 2013
    Excerpt of article accompanying 14 photos of attack at source link: Militant gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday killing at least 25 people, including children, and sending scores fleeing in panic from shops and restaurants onto the streets, according to witnesses and the Red Cross. Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside the Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains. "We got three bodies from...
  • Somali Islamic center eulogizes American jihadi

    09/14/2013 8:24:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 11:07 AM EDT | Abdi Guled and Rodney Muhumuza
    American jihadi Omar Hammami was murdered “in cold blood,” a Somalia-based Islamic center said, backing up reports that the militant from Alabama was killed Thursday by his rivals within the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.The Islamic World Issues Study Center published a tribute online in which it describes the killings of Hammami, 29, and two other militants as a “tragedy,” saying al-Shabab should be “directing their arrows at the enemies of the group,” according to a report issued Saturday by SITE Intel Group, an American private company that analyzes terror threats. … In an interview last week with Voice of...
  • Somalia: Reports indicate American jihadi killed

    09/12/2013 6:25:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 9/12/2013
    A rapping jihadi from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture was killed Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. Omar Hammami, a native of Daphne, Alabama, who was known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," died in southern Somalia following several months on the run after a falling-out with al-Shabab's top leader, the militants said. Reports of Hammami's death crop up every few months in Somalia, only for him to resurface a short while...
  • Al-Amriki and al-Britani: Militants 'killed' in Somalia [Al Shabaab kills American Jihadi Rapper]

    09/12/2013 5:00:31 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 September 2013 Last updated at 06:35 ET
    Two top Islamist militants, from the US and UK, have been killed in Somalia after falling out with al-Shabab, witnesses have told the BBC. Omar Hammami, known as al-Amriki, and Osama al-Britani, a British citizen of Pakistani origin, are said to have died in an early-morning attack in a village south-west of the capital, Mogadishu. They have been hiding from al-Shabab since leaving the group this year. ... Al-Amriki was known for rapping jihadist songs which were loaded onto YouTube. He grew up in the town of Daphne in the state of Alabama, where friends said he was popular at...
  • Miami FBI probe snares foreign terrorism suspects accused of backing al-Qaida fighters overseas

    08/09/2013 1:55:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    MIAMI HERALD.com ^ | August 8, 2013 | BY JAY WEAVER
    SNIPPET: "Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 30, and Mohamed Hussein Said, 25, face an indictment charging them with conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to three U.S.-designated terrorist organizations that have operated in Iraq, Syria and Somalia, according to authorities." SNIPPET: "The defendants, while based overseas in 2011-13, allegedly sent thousands of dollars via Western Union to an al-Qaida terrorist affiliate, al-Nusrah Front, which is fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. They also allegedly sent funds to al-Shabaab, another terrorist group seeking to overthrow the U.S.-backed transitional government in Somalia."
  • From flowers to beans: How Kenya's airport fire could destabilize economy

    08/07/2013 11:56:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7, 2013 -- Updated 1715 GMT (0115 HKT) | John Defterios,
    Whether it is Nairobi, Dubai or London, a major airport is the heart to an economy -- especially one dependent on exports and tourism. Kenya is dependent on both, after it worked over the last decade to become, in particular, a major tea and flower exporter. A third of all flowers in Europe come from Kenya... ... Al-Shabaab militants have crossed over the border into Kenya from Somalia and Nairobi has tried to take a tough line in its counter-terror efforts. The lead-up to the presidential election provided its own element of uncertainty and violence, not entirely unusual on the...
  • Somali militants attack UN base in Mogadishu, killing 15

    06/19/2013 9:10:51 AM PDT · by MrDaddyLongLegs · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/19/2013 | Abdalle Ahmed
    Somali militants attack UN base in Mogadishu, killing 15 Al-Shabaab says its fighters were responsible for suicide attack on compound that killed 15 people including UN personnel
  • Woolwich murder probe: suspect Michael Adebolajo arrested in Kenya in 2010

    05/26/2013 7:10:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 May 2013 | BBC
    One of the suspects in the Woolwich murder case was arrested in Kenya in 2010, the Foreign Office has confirmed. It said Michael Adebolajo was arrested there and it gave consular assistance "as normal" in the circumstances. He was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with Somali militant group al-Shabaab, Boniface Mwaniki, head of Kenya's anti-terrorism unit, told the Associated Press.
  • Woolwich: 'Soldier Dead After Terror Attack'

    05/22/2013 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 103 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:31pm UK, Wednesday 22 May 2013 | sky news
    A man reported to be a serving soldier is dead and two people have been shot in Woolwich, south east London, after what Sky sources understand is being treated as a terrorist attack. Downing Street has called a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee after the incident in John Wilson Street, which David Cameron described as "truly shocking". Sky sources understand that senior police officers believe the killing was likely to be a politically-motivated Islamist terrorist attack. Dozens of weapons - including a number of knives - and pools of blood could be seen on the ground, where a...
  • MI5 admit they KNEW about fanatics who 'slaughtered soldier': Police raid house in Lincolnshire ...

    05/23/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 12:49 EST, 23 May 2013 | Richard Hartley-parkinson and Andy Dolan
    Suspect identified on internet forums as Michael Adebolajo He was filmed ranting with bloodied hands shortly after the attack Accomplice believed to be from Harold Hill, RomfordIPCC confirms two officers fired shots and one officer discharged a TaserRaids carried out in Lincolnshire, Romford, Greenwich and WoolwichSuspects in attack on a soldier are not believed to be part of a terror groupBoth have been arrested and are being treated in separate hospitals after being shot by policeDavid Cameron: 'We will defeat violent extremism by standing together'Radical preacher Anjem Choudhary knew one of killers and has warned of more 'lone wolf'...
  • Christian widow killed four months after husband slain

    04/23/2013 9:19:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Morning Star News ^ | 23 April 2013
    Islamist militants in Somalia have killed the widow of a Christian who was slain for his faith in December, leaving the couple’s five children orphaned, sources said. Islamic extremist Al Shabaab rebels shot 42-year-old Fartun Omar to death on April 13 in Buulodbarde, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Beledweyne, according to Abdi Aziz Suleiman of Radio Shebelle in Beledweyne. The extremists had been searching for her for several months, as they knew that she was a secret Christian like her late husband, Mursal Isse Siad, sources said. Siad had been receiving death threats for leaving Islam. ... “A week before...
  • An Al-Shabaab Link to Boston Marathon Bombings?

    04/16/2013 11:18:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    pj media ^ | 4/16/13 | Bridget Johnson
    A series of Twitter gloats today raised questions about the possible involvement of Somali terror group Al-Shabaab in the Boston Marathon bombing. No person or group has yet directly taken responsibility for the attack that killed three and wounded 176, 17 of those critically. The FBI issued a be-on-the-lookout for a dark-skinned or black man in dark clothes, perhaps with a foreign accent, who tried to enter a restricted area moments before the first blast. Authorities were also questioning a Saudi national here on a student visa and searched an apartment in Revere, Mass., last night. Terror groups have shown...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...