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Videos: Terrorist attack in Nairobi, 59 dead; Update: US diplomatís wife killed
Hot Air ^ | September 22, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/24/2013 12:02:40 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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:

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The Kenyan military remained in a tense standoff with Islamic extremists Sunday, as the toll rose to 59 dead, including children, and 175 wounded in the attack at an upscale mall, a Kenyan minister said.

Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from inside the building where hostages are being held by militants. The radicals attacked the mall Saturday and remained inside throughout the night.

Kenya’s Red Cross said in a statement citing police that 49 people had been reported missing. Officials did not make an explicit link but that number could form the basis of the number of people held hostage.

“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.

Ten to 15 attackers remain in the mall and Kenyan forces control the security cameras inside the shopping center, Lenku said. Combined military and police forces surrounded the mall in the Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi, which is frequented by foreigners and wealthy Kenyans. An Associated Press photographer saw Kenyan soldiers carry into the mall a rocket-propelled grenade, an extremely heavy weapon for an indoor hostage situation.

An explosion of an RPG inside a confined area would be extremely lethal, thanks to the rapid increase in air pressure. If the military has that weapon as an option, they may also think that the hostage situation will ultimately be futile.

This has been unfolding for hours, and the victims have been from China, France the UK, and Canada. A well-known Ghanian poet, Kofi Awoonor, is also among the dead. The US embassy says several Americans are among the wounded. The scene from the mall has been chaotic, but a number of people managed to escape:

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CNN also explores the al-Shabaab connection to al-Qaeda:

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The attack comes after a civil war within al-Shabaab that apparently resulted in the death of the American traitor Omar Hammami. Hammami reportedly wanted al-Shabaab to take a more aggressive posture on attacks against the West, while the AS leadership didn’t appreciate having its strategy questioned by an impertinent foreigner. Perhaps this is a compromise between the two sides, sort of a Hammami-lite operation without Hammami (assuming, of course, that Hammami is actually dead). Just as with Mumbai, this raises questions about soft targets in Western nations and whether those governments are prepared to deal with a cadre of bloodthirsty jihadis who don’t worry about exit strategies in operations like this.

Update: That’s not the only terror attack today targeting non-Muslims. Two suicide bombers attacked Christian churches in Pakistan today, killing 56:

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 56 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country.

Violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in past months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to tame the insurgency after coming to power in June. …

The Taliban-linked militant group TTP Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack.

“They are the enemies of Islam, therefore we target them,” said the group’s spokesman, Ahmed Marwat. “We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land.”

Christians make up about four percent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million and tend to keep a low profile in a country where Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians, Sufis and Shi’ites.

Update: Don’t forget that al-Shabaab has done a lot of recruiting in the Twin Cities among the ex-pat community here, and a number of young men remain missing. The FBI got quite a bit of cooperation from the Somalis here (no thanks to CAIR) as they tried to keep their sons out of the conflict that they had fled, and the probe has resulted in some indictments. Keep that in mind as we find out who the perpetrators were in this attack.

Update: This might get the US more deeply involved:

France said two of its citizens were killed, and Canada said two Canadians died, including a 29-year-old diplomat. Ghanaian diplomat and poet, Kofi Awoonor, was also killed, as was a Chinese woman, according to China’s official news agency.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who offered assistance to Kenya, said several U.S. citizens had been hurt and the wife of a U.S. diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed.

Don’t be surprised to see a few of these nations band together for a punishing attack on al-Shabaab in the future. (via the Daily Beast)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: africa; alshabaab; genocide; jihad; kenya; kenyamallmassacre; nairobi; navyseals; obamaland; obamaspeople; somalia; terrorism; terrorists; threatmatrix

1 posted on 09/24/2013 12:02:40 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmm ... This is starting to sound like another Benghazi.


2 posted on 09/24/2013 12:10:34 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where’s the red line?


3 posted on 09/24/2013 12:11:33 AM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25
The red line runs down the middle of the mall and is painted in Christian blood.

Obama supports Raila Odinga who advocates Islamic supremacy and Islamic terrorism in Kenya . We already know which side of the red line Obama stands on.

4 posted on 09/24/2013 12:27:02 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bin Laden is Dead / GM is Alive.

All hail Obama.

Terrorism is Alive and GM owes the Taxpayers $50 Billion.


5 posted on 09/24/2013 12:35:20 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Democrats = Communists. RINO Republicans = Communist Sympathizers.)
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To: ScaniaBoy; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
"Don’t be surprised to see a few of these nations band together for a punishing attack on al-Shabaab in the future."

These are the guys that got ohaha pi$$ed at the Navy SEALs for shooting the poor boys to save an American ship captain which started the admin vendetta against the SEALs. NOW what is he going to do?
Somalia needs to vanish. And soon.

This is a Threat Matrix list documenting threats within and without. Anyone wanting on or off please advise.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 12:38:23 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Man, I’m getting sick of Islam..


7 posted on 09/24/2013 12:43:41 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama, America's first woman president..)
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To: TexGrill

At face value, and how the Western media is attempting to portray it, the Westgate Mall siege in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi appears to be yet another senseless terrorist attack by the “religious fanatics” of Al Qaeda’s Somalia franchise, Al Shabaab. Already, both Kenyan and Western politicians, as well as editorials across the Western media, are attempting to use the attack as a pretext to launch a military campaign against neighboring Somalia, while fueling anti-Muslim sentiment across profoundly ignorant audiences in the West.
http://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/kenyan-bloodbath-reaping-the-benefits-of-us-africom-collaboration-nato/


8 posted on 09/24/2013 12:44:31 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - ¬ďWe do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,¬)
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To: bronxville

The GOOD (and surprising) news is the Ambassador had a WIFE.

That’s stunning news - that Obama appointed someone who is not openly homowhatever.


9 posted on 09/24/2013 12:57:39 AM PDT by Ancient Wonderboy
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To: barmag25

No chemical allure.


10 posted on 09/24/2013 1:05:18 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: agere_contra

Have you noticed how the press keeps refering to the mall as ‘upscale’ for the ‘wealthy’?


11 posted on 09/24/2013 1:13:58 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We go to the mall nearly every week. The mall has everything, post office, supermarket, health shop, computer shop, toy store, flower shop, food court, McDonald’s, lotto/candy. Bank is across the street where we get off the bus (unless we walk the two stops through the park).

If they want to kill Americans, the mall is the place to go.


12 posted on 09/24/2013 1:21:29 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“If they want to kill Americans, the mall is the place to go.”........

I’m certain the terroirst already know that our malls are prime targets as are our schools. I also feel the mall attack in Kenya was a test run to see how it would work in the U.S. Everyone should be VERY aware of your surroundings when/if vising ANY mall as I expect it to arrive on our shores anytime.


13 posted on 09/24/2013 3:25:36 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Progov

For a variety of reasons, I resist going to Malls like avoiding the plague.


14 posted on 09/24/2013 3:33:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: TexGrill

Yep. Starting to detect Barry’s handprints on this one too.


15 posted on 09/24/2013 4:09:10 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: TexGrill

Yep. Starting to detect Barry’s handprints on this one too.


16 posted on 09/24/2013 4:09:11 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: Progov

Malls also have Choke points for escape and entry and usually are that liberal fantasy “Gun Free Zones”....


17 posted on 09/24/2013 4:22:41 AM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: MestaMachine

“NOW what is he going to do?”

He’ll pass out candies to his muslim administration bedfellows and do a jig, of course for the loss of infidel lives.


18 posted on 09/24/2013 4:26:29 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need a President with balls that is willing to stand up for Christians around the world, and call radical Islam for what it truly is. We should actively be fighting Ansar Al Sharia, Al Shabaab, and Al Qaeda. I know we have SF in Africa, but it should not be secretive guerilla warfare, we should make it rain hell on anyone who does things like this.

Unfortunately, neither Bush and especially not Obama are/were willing to fight this problem at its core. In the days of the Lockerbie Bomber, Reagan bombed Gadaffi’s house in Libya. We need that again.

I guess I’m pretty much preaching to the quire here on FR...


19 posted on 09/24/2013 4:40:49 AM PDT by Patriot95
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To: Progov; Berlin_Freeper

Thousands (probably many thousands) of sleepers are already here, waiting for their “go orders” to hit “soft targets”. They’re probably already picked-out targets, and have assets in-place to do the terrorism. WHEN it happens, it’s going to be awful. Just saying.


20 posted on 09/24/2013 4:46:15 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; kristinn; maggief; machogirl; HollyB
The Kenyan government sseems to lie with impunity to its people. Last night they said the siege was over- terrorists had been "neutralized" and hostages freed- just doing a little mop up and clearing building. (Same govt claimed there was no fire while on CNN live shots showed huge flames)

Yet- this morning AP reports

The Associated Press ‏@AP 54m RAW VIDEO: More gunfire and an explosion are heard around the #Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya: http://apne.ws/17ZeOm9 -MM

21 posted on 09/24/2013 5:46:43 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” wife of a U.S. diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed. “

What difference does it make?


22 posted on 09/24/2013 5:48:58 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The attack comes after a civil war within al-Shabaab that apparently resulted in the death of the American traitor Omar Hammami...

Revenge?

23 posted on 09/24/2013 5:53:07 AM PDT by McGruff (No wars for Arab pipelines!)
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To: SE Mom

Been hearing that as well.


24 posted on 09/24/2013 5:58:52 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Update: Don’t forget that al-Shabaab has done a lot of recruiting in the Twin Cities among the ex-pat community here, and a number of young men remain missing. The FBI got quite a bit of cooperation from the Somalis here (no thanks to CAIR) as they tried to keep their sons out of the conflict that they had fled...

I don't want people involved in blood feuds to be citizens of the United States. Close the door...

25 posted on 09/24/2013 5:59:44 AM PDT by GOPJ (<P>Money flows to Washingto Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

This is from today (after it’s supposed to be over)

Ajay Patel, Nairobi, told the BBC: “I was driving home from a meeting, but was stuck in traffic at the main entrance to the mall. I heard shooting and looked in my rear-view mirror. I saw three men with scarves over their heads jumping out of a Toyota pro box two vehicles behind me and start shooting indiscriminately.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24216879


27 posted on 09/24/2013 6:12:37 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: cardinal4

Bump that


28 posted on 09/24/2013 6:15:43 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: HollyB

This is nuts. I’m reading the Westgate twitter feed- have to wade through junk but people are rightfully confused and angry - they know they’re being lied to.

From BBC:

1340: Kenyan Police are asking anyone who abandoned their vehicles at the Nakumatt supermarket within the Westgate centre to come and collect them.

Meanwhile:

12m Vehicle owners like me who left them at Ukay getting turned away. The entire area around #Westgate is still under lockdown


30 posted on 09/24/2013 6:48:00 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom; HollyB

HSM PRESS OFFICE

update: high profile asset en route to undisclosed location will meet the 11th squad to carry out the next attacks at 1500 #westgateattack


31 posted on 09/24/2013 6:49:26 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Progov; Berlin_Freeper
Ohio Shopping Mall Terror Suspect To Plead Guilty (happened back in 2003)

A Somali immigrant has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to plotting with a convicted al-Qaida terrorist to blow up a shopping mall the day after Thanksgiving 2003, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Nuradin Abdi, 35, was due in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, to enter his plea, according to the two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the appearance had not yet happened.

Abdi was expected to plead guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, an admission coming a week before the expected Aug. 6 start of his trial.

Abdi’s attorney, Mahir Sherif, confirmed the last-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley to discuss a possible plea.

“If it works out, then he’ll plead,” Sherif said. He would not give details or comment further.

The Justice Department accused Abdi of suggesting the plan to attack an unidentified Columbus mall during an August 2002 coffee shop meeting with now-convicted terrorist Iyman Faris and a third suspect, Christopher Paul. Faris is serving 20 years in a maximum-security federal prison in Florence, Colo., for his role in an al-Qaida plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Faris scouted the bridge and told al-Qaida its plans wouldn’t work, court papers have said.

Federal agents arrested Abdi the morning of Nov. 28, 2003, the day after Thanksgiving, out of fear the attack would be carried out on the heavy shopping day. He was arrested at 6 a.m. while leaving his home for morning prayers.

Prosecutors say Abdi gave stolen credit card numbers to a man accused of buying gear for al-Qaida, and lied on immigration documents to visit a jihadist training camp.

Abdi’s attorneys said he was merely upset at the war in Afghanistan and reports of civilians killed in bombings by the U.S.-led invasion. They have said the stolen numbers were never used and the Justice Department never alleged what organization they believed was running the camp, what Abdi intended to do with the training, or whether he ever actually went.

Prosecutors accused Paul, who was arrested in April, of joining al-Qaida and plotting to bomb European tourist resorts and U.S. government facilities and military bases overseas.

32 posted on 09/24/2013 7:32:51 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This garbage makes you want to jack slap the next liberal or bleeding heart that calls Muslims people of peace. I am sick and tired of our limp wristed leadership that keeps calling them that. Oh, Christians are OPEN SEASON for ridicule, hate, lying about, screaming obscenities at, etc., etc., for heaven forbid that anyone should say anything wrong about a Muslin. They are all simply afraid of Muslims. They think if you just talk to them, they will become friends. They refuse to read our Christian Bible which promotes love. They also refuse to read the murdering language of the Kotex-ran that promotes murder, beheadings, rape, etc. of all non-believers. The Christian Bible simply tells unbelievers that the are destined for the Lake of Fire if they refuse Jesus free will offer of grace. Don’t believe the Kotex-ran, well, that will cost you your head.


33 posted on 09/24/2013 7:38:00 AM PDT by RetiredArmy ("As in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of Man." Come Quickly LORD Jesus!)
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To: RetiredArmy

http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2013/09/islam-and-unbelievers.html

4:43 vid that sums it up.


34 posted on 09/24/2013 8:23:17 AM PDT by bayouranger (Those Who Are Anti-Islam are a National Security Threat.- J.Brennan CIA Dir. Feb10)
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To: RetiredArmy

“...They are all simply afraid of Muslims. They think if you just talk to them, they will become friends....”

Maybe. But I tend to think it’s more that they’re just allies against a common enemy - Christians and Jews.

The libtards are too stupid to realize that once that alliance of convenience - “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” - ends, THEY’RE next on the muzzie chopping block.

Or - probably closer to their warped reality - they probably assume they can keep Achmed under control.

Good luck with that.


35 posted on 09/24/2013 8:53:21 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

What you said and what I said are all part of it. You and I can add comments to it all afternoon and it will all fit.


36 posted on 09/24/2013 12:29:54 PM PDT by RetiredArmy ("As in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of Man." Come Quickly LORD Jesus!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Roger that, brother.


37 posted on 09/24/2013 12:32:24 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Progov

What is worse is the aftermath, and who will join the terrorists in the midst of the chaos:

http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/bracken-when-the-music-stops-how-americas-cities-may-explode-in-violence/

This is a chilling article on urban violence in America.


38 posted on 09/24/2013 6:34:43 PM PDT by miserare (Fire Eric Holder!)
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