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  • Gunmen kill at least 62 in Nigeria, including in church

    01/28/2014 2:30:11 PM PST · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    Rueters ^ | January 27, 2014 | Imma Ande
    YOLA, Nigeria, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents armed with guns and explosives killed at least 62 people in northeast Nigeria, including at a church service, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown, witnesses said on Monday.
  • Militarized Djibouti

    10/06/2013 10:42:58 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Dissident Voice ^ | October 5th, 2013 | Andre Vltchek
    Imagine a small country, the size of Massachusetts, with no arable land, irrigation, or permanent crops, nor any forests. The rocky desert is everywhere, falling all the way to the sea. To ‘cheer one up’, there is the lowest point on land, in Africa (and the third lowest on earth); an eerie crater lake called ‘Lac Assal’ (−155 m). And there are countless rock formations, bare, hostile, and frightening. This tiny country has one of the most strategic locations on earth, at least from the West’s geopolitical interest’s point of view. It lies between Somalia, Ethiopia and what is often...
  • 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...
  • Hundreds of British soldiers to deploy to Libya 'within months' to train army ...

    07/02/2013 9:20:27 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 01:28 EST, 2 July 2013 | Ian Drury
    Hundreds of British troops are being prepared to deploy to North Africa to tackle al Qaeda-inspired extremists. Under secret plans being drawn up urgently by top brass, UK soldiers would be sent within months to the region to help train the Libyan army. Political and military chiefs have acted amid mounting fears that Libya is rapidly becoming a safe haven for Islamist fanatics after Coloner Gadaffi was toppled in October 2011. But critics have raised concerns that Britain could suffer mission creep and be sucked into another bloody war just as fighting in Afghanistan - which has cost 444 UK...
  • 20 killed after Al Qaeda militants storm UN compound in Somalia

    06/20/2013 10:11:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Ap via fox News ^ | June 19, 2013 | AP
    MOGADISHU, Somalia Seven Al Qaeda-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault. At least three foreigners were slain during the raid in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, where the United Nations expanded its presence this year, about 18 months after Islamic insurgents were pushed from the seaside city. The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the U.N. "a merchant of death."
  • Dangerous Times: Benghazi Revealed Collusion with Al Qaida

    06/01/2013 5:05:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 6/1/2013 | James Lewis
    Like Watergate, Benghazi has several layers. But the most revealing one is the active collusion between this administration and Al Qaida. Al Qaida is a Saudi-inspired and Saudi-funded terror gang. Almost all of the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudis. Those facts are always covered up, but they are crucial to understanding the Jihad War. In Benghazi we ran arms from Libya to Al Qaida rebels in Syria. The Saudis are funding that rebellion. There's that Saudi link again. In Egypt we backed the Muslim Brotherhood against Hosni Mubarak, who kept the peace treaty with Israel for 30 years. Thirty years...
  • Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare

    02/03/2013 8:02:29 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, February 3, 2013 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent. ... In January, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada urged their citizens to leave Benghazi. The British Foreign Office said it was aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi. Several nongovernmental organizations already have left. ... Over the past year, militants in Benghazi have attacked the British envoys...
  • Canadian troops drawn into Malis war, despite what Prime Minister Stephen Harper says: Walkom

    01/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | Tue Jan 29 2013 | Thomas Walkom
    ... The Stars report Tuesday came from anonymous sources in the Defence Department. The CBC had to find out from French television that Canadian special forces are also operating in Niger, which borders on Mali. But then everything about Canadas role in Mali is treated by Ottawa as a state secret. Canadians learned of the initial C-17 deployment only after Malis president tweeted the information on the internet. When that initial, one-week deployment was extended, we were first told not by our own government but by Malis ambassador to Canada. ... Meanwhile, who exactly are we fighting in Mali? The...
  • British troops will go to Mali confirmed

    Hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Mali and West Africa, Number 10 has now confirmed. According to reports, approximately 350 personnel will be deployed. 200 British soldiers are expected to train soldiers in African countries outside of Mali, whilst 40 advisers are to be sent into the country to train troops. The UK would be "contributing to both Malian training and training forces that are involved in providing a regionally-led approach", a Number 10 spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. 70 Royal Air Force personnel are also to be used for the operation of Sentinel surveillance...
  • U.S. sends trainers for Mali-bound force

    01/21/2013 2:24:18 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | By Anne Gearan
    The United States has dispatched about 100 military trainers to six nations that will contribute troops to a pan-African force being prepared for deployment to Mali, the State Department said Friday. The initial U.S. trainers will discuss training and equipping and deployment needs of those countries in the interest of getting them ready to go into Mali, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. The training mission in Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana is the largest U.S. involvement to date in preparations for the African force, which is being assembled by the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, or...
  • Teams from a US Army brigade heading to 35 African nations to beef up anti-terror training

    01/12/2013 11:39:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | 24 December 2012 (convenient time to report this)
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and won't be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approval from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
  • Nato concludes mission in Libya... but a bad omen for the future as Al Qaeda flag flies

    10/31/2011 12:51:03 PM PDT · by Clovis_Skeptic · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 10-31-2011 | staff
    Nato today announced it was ending its bombing campaign which helped Libyan rebels overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Officials said all operations for the air and sea campaign will conclude at midnight on Monday, as the strikes were described as 'one of the most successful' operations in the history of the 62-year-old alliance. Nato stopped its bombing missions soon after Gaddafi's death earlier this month, but has maintained regular air patrols. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2055630/Nato-ends-Libya-mission-Al-Qaeda-flag-flies-Benghazi-bad-omen.html#ixzz1cOFYqq66
  • Head of al Qaeda in east Africa reported dead

    06/11/2011 5:20:37 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    AFP - The presumed head of Al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, was killed Wednesday in Mogadishu, Kenya's police chief said Saturday, confirming a report from Somali Islamist Shebab rebels. Fazul Abdullah, 38, is thought to have planned the massive US embassy truck bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998 and had a $5 million bounty on his head. "We have received that communication from authorities in Somalia. We have been told that there were two terrorists who were killed in Somalia on Wednesday last week," Kenyan Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told AFP. Iteere said the identity...
  • Gitmo detainee gets life sentence in embassy plot (1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa)

    01/25/2011 10:53:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | Tom Hays - ap
    NEW YORK A judge sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison Tuesday, saying anything he suffered at the hands of the CIA and others "pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror" caused by the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Ahmed Ghailani to life, calling the attacks "horrific" and saying the deaths and damage they caused far outweighs "any and all considerations that have been advanced on behalf of the defedndant." He also ordered Ghailani to pay a $33...
  • U.S. Embassy Bomber Gets Life Sentence Without Parole

    01/25/2011 11:00:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 25, 2011 | BENJAMIN WEISER and COLIN MOYNIHAN
    Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former Guantnamo Bay camp detainee to be tried in the civilian court system, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for his role in the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa. The nearly simultaneous attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killed 224 people and wounded thousands. Mr. Ghailani, 36, was convicted on Nov. 17 of a single count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property, while being acquitted of more than 280 charges of murder and conspiracy. But the many acquittals seemed to carry little weight...
  • American Jihadi Killed In Somalia Shootout

    09/11/2010 6:39:52 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | DANA HUGHES, KIRIT RADIA and JASON RYAN
    Somalis Say Militant 'Commander' Killed In Street Battle Had US Papers An American member of an al Qaeda-connected terror group has been killed in fighting in Somalia, according to intelligence and government officials there. The fighter, a Somali-American man known as Dahir Gurey Sheikh Ali Guled, was found dead in Mogadishu after a street battle between the militant group, Al Shabab, and pro-government forces. A US official told ABC News that Gurey was believed to be an American citizen who arrived in Somalia earlier this year, but cautioned that the US government has not independently confirmed Mr. Gurey's death or...
  • The coming crusade

    07/19/2010 3:33:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    The Islamists have it wrong: Islam isn't the world's fast est-growing religion. By birth numbers and convert tallies, it's Christianity. And Africa's at the forefront -- a fact that going to body-slam Muslim extremists sooner or later. The bombings that recently butchered World Cup fans in Uganda were just the latest in a long line of crazed attacks on African Christians by Islamist fanatics. In the central states of Nigeria -- Africa's most-populous country -- religious pogroms and counter-pogroms between Muslims and Christians have become routine. In Kenya, al Shabaab terrorists from neighboring Somalia stir up trouble and make grotesque...
  • VA Man Accused Of Illegally Aiding Somalis [272 Somalis]

    02/23/2010 5:42:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 466+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities have arrested a Virginia man for allegedly helping hundreds of Somalis, possibly including ones with terrorist ties, enter the United States illegally. Anthony Joseph Tracy, 35, was arrested earlier this month, after admitting to U.S. authorities that he helped about 272 citizens of war-torn Somalia come to the United States illegally, according to documents filed in federal court. Tracy allegedly set up a business in Kenya, Noor Services Limited, that procured fraudulent Cuban travel visas for Somalis, who would then travel from Kenya to Cuba and, ultimately, to the United States, according to court documents. He allegedly traveled...
  • CIA chief visits Kenya over terrorism

    01/30/2010 8:51:17 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 56 replies · 1,006+ views
    Afrique en ligne ^ | 01/26/10 | unspecified
    The US spy chief, Mr. Leon Edward Panetta, left Kenya on Sunday after a four-day visit during which he is said to have held talks with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, The Standard daily reported here on Monday. Panetta, who is the Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the world's leading spying agency, arrived in Kenya a day before controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, was secretly put on a chartered South African gulfstream jet and deported to his native country. However, the police were said to reluctant to link the spymaster's presence in the country to...
  • Obama: 'No intention' to send troops to Yemen

    01/10/2010 2:58:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies · 535+ views
    wgme.com ^ | January 10, 2010 | AP
    President Barack Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia, but won't rule out the possibility.
  • Al Qaeda names Fazul Mohammed East African commander

    11/11/2009 10:35:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,141+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | November 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "An al Qaeda leader wanted by the US for a string of deadly attacks has been named the new leader of terror group's network in East Africa. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of several al Qaeda leaders charged with carrying out the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was appointed the leader of al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Fazul was "inaugurated" during an open ceremony in the southern city of Kismayo, according to a translation received by The Long War Journal of an article posted Waaga Cusub, a website operated by the Hawiye clan,...
  • Libya releases 88 terrorists with al-Qaeda ties

    10/15/2009 10:44:38 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 6 replies · 319+ views
    Libya releases 88 terrorists with al-Qaeda ties Well, hey, if Scotland can release murderous terrorists to Libya, Libya can certainly do the same, right? Moammar Ghaddafis son, the same man who gave Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi a heros welcome when he landed in Tripoli after serving just 11 days for every victim of his attack on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, arranged for the release of 88 terrorists linked to al-Qaeda through his Islamic Foundation: Libya on Thursday freed 88 Islamists with Al-Qaeda links from Abu Slim prison in Tripoli, an AFP correspondent at the scene reported. 45 members of...
  • Plot to bomb US buildings, disrupt World Cup

    10/12/2009 7:41:25 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 628+ views
    Cape Argus ^ | October 12, 2009 | Makhudu Sefara and Peter Fabricius
    Tired of fighting, and largely losing, against the US in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, a group of Somali terrorists devised a strategy to take on the superpower in South Africa...the US's closure of its offices in the country was because of intercepted cellphone communication detailing planned attacks on American interests here. It is unclear whether American interests necessarily include a possible visit by US President Barack Obama for the official opening of the World Cup. Intelligence officers, according to two sources, intercepted a call made in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, to a group based in Somalia, and the conversation confirmed a...
  • President of Somalia condemns terror recruiting

    10/04/2009 1:40:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 699+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/4/09 | AMY FORLITI , Associated Press
    The president of Somalia says he condemns the recruiting of young men from Minnesota for terrorist activity in his homeland, and he plans to work with the U.S. government to bring those who are still alive back home. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed spoke Sunday morning through an interpreter in an interview with The Associated Press. He says he plans to publicly condemn the terrorist recruiting at a rally later in the day.
  • FBI Director: Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Could Attack U.S. In Near Future

    10/04/2009 12:43:48 PM PDT · by Psion · 21 replies · 1,159+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Oct. 9, 2009 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    Your Taxi Driver Might Be A Terrorist!!! Somali Americans Become National Security Problem!!! By Paul L. Williams, Ph.D. thelastcrusade.org A group affiliated with al Qaeda could strike the United States in the near future. Thats grim assessment of FBI Director Robert Mueller, who spoke this week at a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Muellers remarks represent the first time a senior law enforcement or intelligence official has stated on the record that the al-Shabaab, a Muslim terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda, is no longer content to strike within the East African nation of Somalia. During...
  • Al-Qaeda target killed in US Somali strike: official

    09/14/2009 1:13:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,597+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) A top Al-Qaeda operative who figures high on an FBI list of wanted terror suspects was killed in a US military raid in southern Somalia Monday, a US official told AFP. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, named the dead man as Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan wanted for questioning for 2002 attacks in Mombasa on a hotel and an Israeli airliner. ABC news and Fox News, quoting US officials, said Nabhan was killed when at least one US helicopter fired on a convoy carrying suspected Al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia earlier Monday. An American...
  • NBC: U.S. forces kill al-Qaida leader in Somalia

    09/14/2009 6:19:12 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 20 replies · 1,211+ views
    NBC News ^ | 09/14/09
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - American special operations forces killed an al-Qaida terrorist during a helicopter commando assault in Somalia on Monday, NBC News reported. U.S. officials told NBC that Saleh Ali Nabhan, suspected in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, was killed when at least one U.S. special operations helicopter opened fire on a suspected al-Qaida convoy south of Mogadishu. Ali Nabhan was also suspected of operating al-Qaida training camps inside Somalia, NBC reported. Two men were killed and two others wounded when foreign troops in helicopters...
  • Islamists Plotted to Kill Hillary Clinton in Nairobi

    09/07/2009 1:49:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 2,376+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Sept. 7, 2009
    A radical Islamic sect based in Somalia and linked to al-Qaida and based in Somalia plotted to kill US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her trip to Africa last month, according to The Australian newspaper. The plot was to be carried out through a planned series of bomb attacks set to take place in Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya, while Clinton was there - one in the hotel where she was staying. The plot was foiled at the last minute, media reports, citing senior security officials, said. According to yesterday's reports, al-Shabaab, which is viewed as increasing regional...
  • China must decide how to deal with al-Qaeda if it wants to stay in Africa

    07/14/2009 2:48:11 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 343+ views
    Times ONline ^ | 6/15/09 | Jane Macartney: Analysis
    Chinese are inveterate traders. The Chinese diaspora encircles the world and, more recently, has spread into Africa. Merchants and businessmen have followed government investment and projects in these developing corners. They have faced few, if any, enemies. Chinese are generally seen as fellows from a developing nation who create stiff competition but are not colonial masters or foes. That means poor Chinese desperate to make a better living overseas have felt little vulnerability to kidnappings or terrorist attacks. That could be about to change. Official numbers are unavailable for the number of Chinese working in Africa but hundreds of thousands...
  • Puerto Rico National Guard to Send 400 Troops to Africa

    07/08/2009 6:22:47 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 530+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 8, 2009 | Yamilet Milln Rodrguez
    (English-language translation) Over 400 Puerto Rico National Guard troops left yesterday for Fort Lewis in Washington, where they will receive training to accomplish their mission in the Horn of Africa. Puerto Rico National Guard Adjutant General Antonio J. Vicns said that, following the month-long training, the 65th Infantry Battalion will head to Africa to support a security mission. "This is the first 65th Infantry Battalion of National Guardsmen from all states that will perform a mission in the Horn of Africa," Vicns stated. The soldiers departed in the morning from Luis Muoz Marn Airport, where Vicns and their relatives bid...
  • Al-Qaedastan--Somalia is poised to fall under the terrorists rule.

    06/26/2009 5:24:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 371+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-26-09 | Ryan Mauro
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  • Nations meet, hoping that reducing anarchy on land in Somalia will help cut down on piracy

    06/20/2009 11:23:55 PM PDT · by Munz · 18 replies · 1,589+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/20/09 | TOM MALITI
    The United Nations aims to build up a national army of 6,000 soldiers and a police force of 10,000 in the future at a cost of $31 million per year.
  • KIDNAP BRITON IS BEHEADED BY AL QAEDA GANG

    06/04/2009 10:29:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 34 replies · 1,623+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2009 | Martin Evans
    A BRITISH holidaymaker taken hostage while travelling in north Africa has been beheaded by Al Qaeda terrorists. Edwin Dyer, 60, had been attending a music festival near the NigerMali border when he was captured in January along with fellow tourists. His captors had demanded the release of preacher of hate Abu Qatada who is held in a UK jail. But the grisly execution at the weekend came after two deadlines passed and it was made clear to the terrorists their demands would not be met. Gordon Brown called it an appalling act of barbaric terrorism. He said the terrorists would...
  • Qaeda in North Africa says killed British hostage

    06/02/2009 11:11:20 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 7 replies · 574+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 3, 2009
    DUBAI, June 3 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North Africa wing said on Wednesday it had carried out a threat to kill a British hostage. The report was carried on a website used by al Qaeda-linked groups. The group had said it would kill the Briton if the British government did not release cleric Abu Qatada, whom it is holding in prison.
  • Breaking: AlQaeda (AQIM) Release Four Western Hostages In Mali

    04/22/2009 6:57:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 605+ views
    April 22, 2009 Breaking: AlQaeda (AQIM) Release Four Western Hostages In Mali Update on AlQaeda Kidnaps Six Westerners (Identified: 2 Canadians, 1 Brit, 1 German, 2 Swiss) Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has released four hostages but unfortunately the Brit and other Swiss(male) is still being held. The article doesn't state if monies or demands were met. Al-Qaeda's North African[AQIM] branch on Wednesday released in Mali two Canadian diplomats, a German and a Swiss tourist kidnapped several months ago, but held on to two other Europeans. The kidnappers released Robert Fowler, UN special envoy to Niger and his...
  • US threatens Eritrea over support for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists

    04/17/2009 9:53:39 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 413+ views
    eritrea ^ | 17 Apr 2009 | Damien McElroy in Asmara
    The Red Sea dictatorship has drawn the wrath of America by backing extremist Islamic groups in Somalia as part of a proxy war with Ethiopia, its former ruler. It champions al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked group that American intelligence believes has trained a dozen of its own citizens to carry out attacks in the US
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Hopes to Make Difference in Africa

    04/13/2009 4:18:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 194+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kati Garcia, USAF
    CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti, April 13, 2009 For U.S. Africa Commands new deputy director of operations and logistics, the words I cant do it wont cut it. Not from his soldiers, not from the people he serves with, and certainly not from himself. And this Army National Guardsman, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt Rose Barfield, knows what it means to be able to do it. Barfield was encouraged by a friend to enlist in the Army National Guard fresh out of high school at the age of 17. He served for five years as a soldier in the Kansas Guard while...
  • SOMALI PIRATES TIED TO JIHAD

    04/11/2009 9:29:36 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 32 replies · 1,091+ views
    Law Enforcement Examiner ^ | April 8, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    In spite of the news media distancing the recent attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia from global terrorism, intelligence experts believe this is just the latest operation initiated against the United States and the West by Al-Qaeda. Recently a failed assassination attempt on the prime minister of Somalia, as well as the attempt to hijack a luxury American cruise ship, has intensified apprehension and fear that the shaky Somalian government is losing to Al-Qaeda and Wahhabi terror groups. Three people were mortally wounded in a terrorist attack on the Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi,while he was...
  • Young men vanish into Somalia, stirring fears of terrorist recruitment

    01/18/2009 7:27:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,326+ views
    latimes.com ^ | January 18, 2009 | Bob Drogin
    Reporting from Minneapolis -- Tall and lean, with a wispy mustache and shy smile, 17-year-old Burhan Hassan chalked up A's last fall as a senior at Roosevelt High School, vowing to become a doctor or lawyer. After school and on weekends, he studied Islam at the nearby Abubakar As-Saddique mosque. He joined its youth group. "He wanted to go to Harvard," said his uncle Osman Ahmed. "That was his dream." Instead Hassan has gone to Somalia, the anarchic East African nation that his family fled when he was a toddler. On election day, Hassan and five other youths slipped away...
  • Deadliest weapon so far... the plague

    01/18/2009 7:29:17 PM PST · by null and void · 104 replies · 3,538+ views
    The Sun ^ | 1/19/09 | ALEX WEST
    ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror the BLACK DEATH. At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages. The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside. The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East. It trains Muslim...
  • The plague has swept through an al Qaeda terror training camp, killing 40

    01/18/2009 5:04:40 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 165 replies · 6,448+ views
    ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror the BLACK DEATH. At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages. The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside. The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East. It trains Muslim...
  • Islamists Take Over Ethiopian Bases in Mogadishu

    01/17/2009 1:39:59 PM PST · by Enchante · 1 replies · 288+ views
    VOA News ^ | 16 January 2009 | Alisha Ryu
    In Somalia, Islamist fighters loyal to the Islamic Courts Union have taken control of several bases vacated by Ethiopian troops in the Somali capital. Mogadishu remains tense amid fears that militant al-Shabab fighters could launch attacks against moderate Islamists and African Union peacekeepers for control of the city. Residents in the capital, Mogadishu, say the Islamic Courts Union militia have tightened security and are now in charge of most positions in the city. The ICU took over six bases on Thursday, as Ethiopia pulled the last of its forces out of the capital and ended its two year-long mission to...
  • UN OKs foreign ships to fight Somali pirates

    06/02/2008 5:05:11 PM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 140+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2008 | John Heilprin
    Foreign ships gained authorization Monday to enter Somali waters when fighting piracy and armed robbery rampant problems along the African nation's lawless coast. The U.N. Security Council's 15 members unanimously adopted a resolution intended to combat the attacks and hijacking of vessels along the country's 1,880-mile coastline, the continent's longest. More than a dozen pirate attacks have occurred this year alone, creating concerns for shipping along routes that connect the Indian Ocean with the Red Sea. Two more ships were attacked in the Gulf of Aden last week. The resolution, pushed by France and the United States, is in...
  • Thousands protest US bombing in Somalia: organisers

    05/04/2008 3:25:09 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies · 126+ views
    AFP ^ | May 04, 2008 | AFP
    Thousands of Somalis took to the streets Sunday to protest a US bombing that killed a man said to be Al-Qaeda's chief in the country, and 11 other people, organisers and residents said. The protest took place at Dhusamareb, a trading post of about 100,000 people, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, where Thursday's attack took place. Abdirasak Moalim Ahmed, one of the organisers of the protest, said that in the days since the attack, people had been vomiting. "We believe the Americans used poisonous bombs," he said. The US air strike killed at least 12 people...
  • How would 'over the horizon' counterterrorism work in Iraq? Look at Somalia.

    05/03/2008 11:05:07 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 9 replies · 122+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 3rd, 2008 | Editorial
    TOMAHAWK MISSILES fired by a U.S. Navy ship demolished a house in central Somalia on Thursday and killed a vicious militia leader and al-Qaeda operative. It was a victory for the Bush administration's counterterrorism operations in Africa -- and a demonstration of the limits of a strategy based almost entirely on "over the horizon" military strikes. Aden Hashi Ayro, the man who was killed, deserved the label of "evildoer." As chief of the extremist al-Shabab militia, he supervised and probably participated in the murder of foreign aid workers, teachers, an Italian nun and a British journalist while directing al-Shabab's insurgency...
  • Air strike kills 2 senior Somali Islamists

    04/30/2008 11:45:39 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies · 97+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo News ^ | May 01, 2008 | Reuters
    A Somali Islamist commander thought to be al Qaeda's leader in Mogadishu was killed in an air strike in central Somalia early on Thursday, an Islamist commander and residents said. Residents in the town of Dusamareb said they believed two missiles were fired in what they said was a U.S. air strike. "Infidel planes bombed Dusamareb. Two of our important people, including Aden Hashi Ayro, were killed in the incident," Mukhtar Robow Adumansur, a senior commander for the Islamist movement, told Reuters. The leaders belonged to al Shabaab, the military wing of a sharia courts movement ousted at the end...
  • US charges Al-Qaeda leader with Africa bombings

    03/31/2008 1:35:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 452+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/08 | Jitendra Joshi
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon announced Monday war crimes charges carrying the death penalty against a Tanzanian inmate held in Guantanamo Bay arising from Al-Qaeda attacks on US embassies in East Africa a decade ago. The Defense Department said Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani would face a special military tribunal on nine counts including murder related to the August 1998 bombing of the embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 11 people and injured hundreds. Military prosecutors said that after the twin bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, which altogether killed more than 200, Ghailani worked as a bodyguard for Al-Qaeda leader...
  • Uganda arrests 20 for suspected links to Al-Qaeda

    03/30/2008 8:32:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 223+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | March 30 2008 | The New Vision
    Text of unattributed report entitled "Uganda nets 20 over Al-Qa'idah" published on the latest headlines section of Ugandan newspaper The New Vision website on 29 March About 20 people suspected to be linked with Al-Qa'idah have been arrested and interrogated by Ugandan security authorities. Sources say some have been deported after "thorough screening" from a list of the most wanted people who engage in terrorist activities and with Al-Qa'idah links. Source: The New Vision website, Kampala, in English 29 Mar 09
  • Soldiers become American citizens in Africa

    03/28/2008 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies · 593+ views
    Soldiers become American citizens in Africa DJIBOUTI (March 16, 2008) Seven Soldiers supporting the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa mission became U.S. citizens during a Military Naturalization Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy March 13. After enlisting in the Army and serving the United States, Four Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry (Light), Delta Company, and three Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Delta Company, raised their right hands and said the Oath of Allegiance. During the ceremony, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti and keynote speaker, addressed the candidates reminding them about the oath...
  • Al Qaeda Posts Photos Of Austrian Hostages

    03/13/2008 8:49:46 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 39 replies · 1,908+ views
    CBSnews.com ^ | 13 March 08 | Associated Press
    Al Qaeda's branch for North Africa on Thursday set a three-day deadline to meet conditions for the release of two Austrian tourists it claimed to have kidnapped in Tunisia last month. In a statement posted on the Internet - which included six photographs purportedly showing Austrians Wolfgang Ebner and Andrea Kloiber - al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa said it would free the pair if all of the group's members were released from jails in Tunisia and Algeria. The posting gave Austrian authorities three days, starting midnight Thursday, to comply.