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  • Documents show miscues at US counterterrorism base put aircraft in danger

    05/02/2015 2:51:17 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WaPo,via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 30, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The skies above the U.S. military's counterterrorism hub on the Horn of Africa have become chronically dangerous, with pilots forced to rely on local air-traffic controllers who fall asleep on the job, commit errors at astronomical rates and are hostile to Americans, documents show. Conditions at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the base for U.S. pilots flying sensitive missions over Yemen and Somalia, have become so dire that American warplanes and civilian airliners alike are routinely placed in jeopardy, according to federal aviation experts and documents obtained by The Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike other major U.S....
  • Nigeria: 'Girl Bomber' Kills 19 People In Maiduguri Market [Surely, A Satanic Religion!]

    01/10/2015 5:12:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | January 10, 2015
    10 January 2015 Nigeria: 'Girl Bomber' Kills 19 People In Maiduguri Market At least 19 people have been killed and several injured by a bomb strapped to a girl reported to be aged about 10 in north-eastern Nigeria, police say. The bomb exploded in a market in the city of Maiduguri, in Borno state. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body," a police source told Reuters. No group has said it carried out the attack. The market is reported to have been targeted twice in a week by female bombers late last year. Correspondents say that all the signs...
  • 2,000 feared killed in 'deadliest' Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

    01/11/2015 4:30:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 10, 2015 | Abubakar and Faith Karimi
    Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead, officials said.
  • 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...