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  • Somalia’s al Shabaab executes three of its own for treason

    07/22/2012 5:40:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:02pm EDT | (Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
    Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab militants said on Sunday they had executed three of their own members for treason, two of them for guiding U.S. missiles to kill fellow militants. … Al Shabaab, which is affiliated with al Qaeda, said last January that a missile launched from a drone had killed Bilal el Berjawi, a Lebanese al Shabaab fighter with a British passport. Another missile killed four foreign militants south of the Somali capital Mogadishu in February, according to an intelligence officer. …
  • Two Kenyan Aid Workers, Somali Doctor Kidnapped

    07/12/2012 2:32:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    KENYA BROADCASTING CORPORATION ^ | July 12, 2012 | Written by AFP
    SNIPPET: "Two Kenyan aid workers and a Somali doctor were kidnapped in lawless northern Somalia on Wednesday, probably by pirates, police said. The kidnapping occurred near the city of Galkayo, which straddles the border separating the semi-autonomous state of Puntland and the separate region of Galmudug to the south." SNIPPET: "A second Galkayo police official, Mohammed Ise Hassan, said the kidnapping took place on Wednesday afternoon near the village of Baadweyn, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the city. Hassan said a driver and two police escorts were also wounded during the incident. Several employees from aid agencies and...
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • Overview Islamism / genocide in Somalia

    06/12/2012 9:07:59 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    CIVIL WAR There's an estimated death toll between 350,000 and 1,000,000,[1] in Somalia's civil war since 1991. Factors: 1.) Warlords/clans, with Islamists playing a major part.[2][3][4][5][6] 2.) The AIAI (al-Ittihad al-Islamiyya) was the main anti-Barre force, though it was known to be very Islamist, it was backed by Somalis because of its strong anti-Barre image. After Barre's fall, the AIAI turned to a jihad against Ethiopia, it was aided by Saudis. "The Ethiopian military far overpowered AIAI destroying the organization's political and military infrastructures. The defeat led to the disbandment of al-Ittihad al-Islamiyya in January 1997. After AIAI dissolved,...
  • 'I don't know how we got so lucky!' Somali family on benefits handed keys to £2million luxury

    06/10/2012 4:11:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 7 June 2012 | Arthur Martin
    A family of Somali benefits claimants living in a £2million home courtesy of the taxpayer admitted they couldn’t believe their luck yesterday. To the anger of neighbours, the family of ten are allowed to live in a six-bedroom end-of-terrace Georgian townhouse in one of London’s most fashionable areas, populated by high-flying lawyers and stockbrokers. The family use housing benefits to pay a heavily discounted rent for the four-storey house in Islington – close to Tony Blair’s former home – which boasts a variety of period features, including chandeliers and wood flooring. The family are understood to pay the council just...
  • Somali Workers Walk Off Southern MN Job in Dress Code Dispute

    06/06/2012 7:40:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies ^ | 6/6/12 | Leslie Rolander/AP
    A new dress code at a southern Minnesota company prompted some Somali workers to walk off the job because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. SNIP The company's new owner, Mike Knowles, says there was an incident recently in which a woman's long dress got caught in a footwear washer.
  • Uganda: Museveni in Turkey After Eritrea Visit

    06/03/2012 4:13:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    All Africa ^ | Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Vision Reporter
    President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in Istanbul, Turkey for the second Istanbul Conference on Somalia. The conference which is being held at the Istanbul Congress Centre under the theme "Preparing Somalia's future: Goals for 2015 is being attended by representatives of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, the UN donors, Somalis and International private sector, civil society groups, women's groups, youth and members of the diaspora will among other things discuss various issues under the partnership forum including Energy Water, Roads, Resilience etc. The conference will be addressed by The Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...
  • INSIGHT-Turkey tries out soft power in Somalia

    06/03/2012 3:58:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, June 3, 2012 | Richard Lough
    In a sprawl of plastic refugee shelters and mortar-blasted buildings in Mogadishu, a mud-caked Turkish engineering team monitors the drilling of a new borehole while their armed guards chat lazily under a tree, guns across laps. These government contractors are on the frontline of a huge Turkish development effort in one of the world's most dangerous cities -- one which U.N. agencies and international charities prefer to deal with from the safety of neighbouring Kenya. Across the Somali capital, a bombed-out shell after two decades of fighting, residents say Turkey has done more in eight months to shatter the perception...
  • Please Go Fight for My Country So I Can Take Your Job

    05/28/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    New English Review ^ | March 2007 | John Derbyshire
    The United States will accelerate the resettlement of about 7,000 Iraqis referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and will contribute $18 million to the agency's appeal for Iraq, about one-third of the total, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky said Wednesday. — Washington Post, 2/15/07 I hope it won't be thought impertinent, over-inquisitive, or — Heaven forfend! — mean-spirited of me to ask, but: Just what, exactly, are these refugees seeking refuge from? Us? A few more questions come to mind. Let us suppose, for example, that Sergeant John Q. American, a serving member of the U.S. armed...
  • EU carries out first airstrikes against Somali pirate targets

    05/15/2012 6:54:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 2012 | Staff
    The European Union says its naval force off the Somali coastline has carried out its first air strikes against pirate targets on shore. A spokesman said maritime aircraft and attack helicopters took part in the attacks early Tuesday along the coastline. No casualties were reported in the raid, which occurred along Somalia's central coastline in the region of Galmudug.
  • Fourth of Al-Shabab Foreign Fighters British

    05/14/2012 10:48:17 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies ^ | Monday, May 14, 2012 | PressTV
    British citizens make up about 25 percent of foreign fighters of the al-Shabab group in Somalia, according to a report by the London-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “Britons are thought to make up about 25 per cent of the 200 or so foreign fighters that the Al-Shabaab group in Somalia currently fields, and who are engaging in a deepening war on neighboring Kenya and its tourist trade. Most of these individuals appear to be only informally networked, making the most of personal links through Kenya or South Africa,” says the report. Earlier on February, the UK Prime Minister David...
  • Extended Somalia pirate plan [bomb bases] creates waves

    04/18/2012 8:05:25 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 18 Apr 12 14:03 CET
    Germany could fly bombing missions into Somalia to destroy pirate bases, if a plan set to be discussed in cabinet on Wednesday is adopted. The idea has infuriated opposition parties who described it as senseless and dangerous. The European Union anti-pirate mission “Atalanta” which has for the last three years been patrolling around the Horn of Africa, currently involves up to ten ships at any one time – in an ocean area nearly the size of Europe. Expanding the mandate to include airborne missions up to two kilometres inland to target “logistic facilities of the pirates” as the text describes...
  • Al-Shabaab execute al-Amriki

    04/15/2012 12:44:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    Somaliland Sun ^ | April 14, 2012 | Somaliland Sun
    The al-Qaeda-allied group al-Shabaab executed US-born jihadist Omar Hammami on April 5th, according to unconfirmed Somali media reports. Hammami, known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, said he feared for his life from other al-Shabaab leaders because of strategic and ideological differences in a statement released last month. According to Somalia's Gedo Online, Hammami was the only one absent from a recent meeting attended by top al-Shabaab leaders in Baraawe. Al-Shabaab reportedly hunted down Hammami after he left Marka in the Lower Shabelle region. He was reportedly beheaded on the spot and buried somewhere between Marka and Baraawe. According to the report,...
  • Triumphant Tuareg rebels fall out over al-Qaeda's jihad in Mali (Weapons from Libya)

    04/07/2012 7:37:22 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    the telegraph ^ | 4/7/2012 | Nick Meo
    The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup. Few of the people they promised to free waited to find out what freedom would be like. Instead, an estimated 250,000 people left their homes, terrified families fleeing with their children and possessions. Many told tales of looting and rape by rebels who now control a vast area in the heart of Africa. Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who...
  • Teenage girl suicide bomber blows up Somalia theatre

    04/04/2012 4:32:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4/4/12 | Mike Pflanz, Nairobi and Abukar Albadri
    At least five people including top sporting officials were killed and dozens injured when a teenage female suicide bomber sent by Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab blew herself up during a VIP celebration at Mogadishu’s newly-reopened National Theatre. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Somalia’s prime minister, was at the podium giving a speech when the girl detonated her explosives, at 11am local time on Wednesday.
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Somalia 'air strike kills foreign al-Shabab militants'

    02/24/2012 4:46:11 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2012 | Wire
    A huge air strike in al-Shabab-held southern Somalia has killed at least six people, including some foreigners, eyewitnesses have told the BBC. The strike destroyed two vehicles in a convoy in an area known as K60 because it is around 60km (35 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, they say. It is not clear who carried out the strike. Al-Shabab recently announced it was joining al-Qaeda and is said to have some 200 foreign fighters. The BBC's Mohamed Dhore in the capital says the blast is far bigger than any carried out by Kenyan forces which have recently moved into...
  • Suffrage in Somali: Part I (Oliver North)

    02/23/2012 4:30:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    First in a series MOGADISHU, Somalia — There are few success stories here in this tortured country on the eastern coast of Africa. For nearly two decades, this drought-ravaged land and the long-suffering Somali people have been "off the radar" for most Americans. It might still be so if it were not for radical Islamist Somali terrorists — al-Shabab — and their financiers, the seagoing pirates who seize merchant vessels plying the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. All of that is about to change. Last week, as our two-man Fox News unit was en route, Ayman al-Zawahri,...
  • Fear in Somali journalist community after killing

    01/30/2012 9:33:02 AM PST · by fella · 1 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/30/2012 | ABDI GULED
    . . . After gunmen killed Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi on Saturday, colleagues and friends said they were too scared to attend his funeral that day, since militants in Somalia have targeted such gatherings in the past. Abdi, a 29-year-old director of a radio station, was a father of three.