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  • Somalia: Several dead, 'hostages taken' in Mogadishu hotel attack

    08/16/2020 12:38:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    aljazeera ^ | 08/19/2020
    At least nine people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a gun and bomb attack by suspected al-Shabab fighters on an upmarket beachfront hotel in Somalia's capital, officials and witnesses have said. Security forces were struggling to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area more than an hour after the assault began on Sunday, amid fears the attackers had taken hostages. Among the dead are two government employees, three hotel security guards and four civilians, police officer Ahmed Bashane told the DPA news agency. Military vehicles could be seen taking positions around...
  • Blast rocks military base in Somali capital, at least eight dead

    08/08/2020 8:21:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | 08/08/2020 | Abdi Sheikh
    A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14, emergency workers said, and the militant group al Shabaab claimed responsiblity. Soldiers opened fire after the explosion which sent clouds of smoke into the sky... Somalia has been embroiled in deadly violence since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew leader Siad Barre and then turned on each other. Since 2008, al Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the internationally-recognised central government and establish its rule based on its own interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.
  • Pakistani doctor/former Mayo Clinic researcher indicted in terrorism case

    05/16/2020 12:58:12 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Twin City Pioneer Press ^ | May 15, 2020 | Amy Forliti
    A Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher has been indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization after authorities say he told paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S. The indictment against Muhammad Masood, 28, was announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald.. . . Roughly three dozen Minnesotans — mostly men from the state’s large Somali community — have left since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia or militant groups in Syria, including the Islamic...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 4/27/2020

    04/27/2020 8:38:16 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 4/27/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Oil prices moving downwards today with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate at 12.58 a barrel.... Two motorcyle officers rammed by a car driving in the wrong direction in a Paris suburb today.... The Syrian government says that three civilians were killed and four wounded in an early morning Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area..... The US military denying a Syrian Arab News Agency Report that two American soldiers are missing...... Fighting reported in Syria between members of the HTS Al Qaeda forces and Turkish soldiers in the Greater Idlib region.... The United States military killed and injured civilians in...
  • US military says it killed terrorist leader who planned attack that killed Americans in Kenya

    02/25/2020 10:06:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/25/2020 | By Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr
    A US airstrike in Somalia killed an al-Shabaab leader who had a role in "planning and directing terrorist operations," including a January attack on Manda Bay, Kenya, that killed three Americans, the US military said Tuesday. "Post-strike assessments confirm the two terrorists killed in the Feb. 22 precision airstrikes were an individual associated with the attack on Manda Bay and his wife, who was also a known al-Shabaab member," US Africa Command said in a statement Tuesday. "The two terrorists were identified as a senior al-Shabaab leader, who was in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations on the Kenya...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 1/5/2020

    01/05/2020 9:21:55 PM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/5/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Three Americans killed, two wounded in an Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab attack on a military base in Kenya today but first..... Iran announcing the removal of all limits on uranium enrichment tonight..... Massive crowds in the hundreds of thousands in the Iranian city of Ahvaz today mourning the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani..... Legislation moving forward in Iraq's parliament that pushes for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces.... President Trump tonight threatening Iraq with sanctions if it expels US troops from the country. Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi told lawmakers before the vote that General Soleimani had arrived...
  • 1 US service member, 2 DOD contractors killed in terror attack on US base in Kenya

    01/05/2020 1:02:54 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 5, 2020 | Luis Martinez and Elizabeth McLaughlin
    One U.S. service member and two American Department of Defense contractors were killed in a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military personnel. The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that Kenyan authorities said had been repelled with four militants killed in the fighting. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today," U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "As we honor their sacrifice, let's also harden our resolve. Alongside our...
  • Al-Shabab extremists attack military base used by US forces in Kenya

    01/05/2020 6:33:31 AM PST · by Towed_Jumper · 36 replies
    Fox10 Phoenix ^ | January 5, 2020 | Not Attributed
    The U.S. military said the security situation was “fluid” at a Kenyan airfield used by U.S. forces after a pre-dawn attack Sunday by the al-Shabab extremist group. The attack destroyed U.S. aircraft and vehicles, Kenyan authorities said, and at least four attackers were killed.
  • Somalia attack results in deaths and injuries, reports say; Americans said to be among casualties

    07/13/2019 7:52:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    fox ^ | 05/13/2019 | Danielle Wallace
    Attackers first deployed a suicide bomb at the entrance gate to the Asasey Hotel in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo on Friday evening. At least four gunmen then stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers. At least 14 hours passed before Somali troops shot dead all four attackers inside the hotel compound, Col. Abdiqadir Nur, a local police officer, told the Associated Press. Reports on the death toll were conflicting. Initial reports said 12 people died in the attack. The president of Somalia’s Jubbaland region told Reuters on Saturday the death toll had risen to 26...
  • FBI translator arrested for altering transcripts of calls he made to Al-Shabab jihad terror suspect

    05/08/2019 5:07:58 AM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAY 7, 2019 12:17 | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    FBI translator arrested for altering transcripts of calls he made to Al-Shabab jihad terror suspect MAY 7, 2019 12:17 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS Islamic supremacists have infiltrated every sector of America, and in fact Western society. Disturbingly, they occupy positions of trust. FBI translator Abdirizak Wehelie (aka Haji Raghewhose) whose “son is in prison for supporting ISIS” was arrested for altering the transcripts of calls he made to a jihad terrorism suspect, “in which his own voice was caught on intercepts.” His son, Yusuf Wehelie, is already serving 10 years in prison for transporting weapons in a case where he...
  • There's Something about the Somalis... [Ilhan Omar]

    02/16/2019 4:46:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 16, 2019 | Michael Walsh
    This should come as a surprise to no one, except perhaps Minnesotans. Or should I say, " Minnesotans "? More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country. FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far...
  • US airstrikes kill 52 Islamic militants in Somalia.....

    01/19/2019 11:09:30 PM PST · by caww · 33 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/19/2019 | Sean Higgins
    U.S. forces killed an estimated 52 members of the militant Islamic terrorist group al Shabab in airstrikes in Jilib, Somalia, on Saturday, U.S. Africa Command reported. "U.S. Africa Command conducted the airstrike in response to an attack by a large group of al-Shabaab militants against Somali National Army Forces," U.S. Africa Command, the branch of the military that coordinates with allies on the continent, said in a statement. The strike was part of a broader effort to prevent the terrorist group from "taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia."
  • American Among Those Killed As Explosions, Gunfire Rock Nairobi Hotel

    01/15/2019 5:14:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | January 15, 20194:41 PM ET | Laurel Wamsley Francesca Paris
    A series of apparently coordinated attacks rocked a hotel complex in Kenya's capital on Tuesday. A U.S. citizen was among those killed. An explosion tore through a bank in the compound at about 3 p.m. local time, then a suicide bomb detonated in the lobby of the nearby DusitD2 hotel, before attackers entered the hotel, shooting. The U.S. State Department confirms that an American was killed but has not released his or her name. Authorities in Nairobi so far have released no official casualty numbers, but sources have told news wires that 15 bodies were taken to a mortuary. Cabinet...
  • Pentagon plans to scale back in Somalia, latest sign Trump wants to cut troops abroad

    01/04/2019 3:34:50 PM PST · by McGruff · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan. 4, 2019 | Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube
    The U.S. military plans to scale back its role in Somalia and curtail airstrikes against al-Shabab insurgents after having taken out many of the group's senior operatives, two senior U.S. officials told NBC News, the latest signal the Trump administration is looking to cut the number of troops deployed around the world. The move reflects an assessment by the administration that while the Shabab insurgency remains a threat to the Somali government and neighboring countries, it does not pose a direct danger to the U.S., current and former officials said. And it follows President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement last month...
  • US forces carry out airstrike against extremists in Somalia

    12/18/2017 9:58:33 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 18, 2017 | staff
    OHANNESBURG — The U.S. military’s Africa command says its forces conducted an airstrike against Islamic extremists in Somalia last week, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight militants and destroying one vehicle. In its statement released Monday, the U.S. Africa Command said that it assess no civilians were killed in the strike. The statement said U.S. forces will continue to use “all authorized and appropriate measures” to protect U.S. citizens and to disable extremist threats. This includes partnering with the multinational African force in Somalia and the Somali National Security Forces to attack the extremist rebels of al-Shabab, their...
  • New War In Africa? Al-Shabab In Somalia Must Be Dealt With, US General Says

    The U.S. military has requested that the White House grant it more freedom in its approach to fighting a terror group that has been wreaking havoc in North Africa in recent years, Military.com reported. Aggressions by the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia could erupt into an all-out war, but the head of U.S. Africa Command was looking for ways to avoid turning the country into a "free-fire zone," he said Friday. Specifically, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser was looking for "a little bit more flexibility" to "process targets in a more rapid fashion," he told reporters at the Pentagon. That "flexibility"...
  • Q: How Does an Islamist Get Elected to State Legislature? A: Watch This

    08/17/2016 7:35:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | August 17, 2016 | Bethany Blankley
    How does a Somali get elected to Minnesota’s state legislature? Because she’s from “Little Somalia,” Minneapolis, home to the largest Somali community in America. So it should come as not surprise that a Somali activist unseated one of the longest-serving members of the state legislature earlier this year in Minneapolis. Ilhan Omar defeated Rep. Phyllis Kahn who was in the legislature for 22 terms (44 years). Omar could be the first Somali in America to be elected to any state legislature if she wins in November. Minneapolis is recruiting ground for young terrorists. At least 36 Somali men from Minnesota...
  • Trump's comments about Minnesota Somalis met with outrage, satisfaction

    08/06/2016 6:10:35 PM PDT · by Fedora · 103 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 6, 2016 | Mila Koumpilova
    [Subtitle:] Trump called state a terror recruitment hotbed.[PHOTO caption:] Mohamoud Ibrahim, right, a specialist in the Army Reserve, said goodbye to his friends after the Friday prayer at the Islamic Institute of Minnesota's mosque in Burnsville, MN, Friday, August 5, 2016. Ibrahim will leave for Wisconsin on Saturday for three weeks for Army training.Mahamoud Ibrahim stewed about Donald Trump as he packed for a three-week U.S. Army Reserve training. In a Thursday speech, the Republican presidential candidate suggested that Somali refugees have turned Minnesota into a hotbed for terror recruitment and frayed its social safety net. . .
  • Fatal connections [Clinton Foundation Donors & Nigeria]

    07/07/2016 3:12:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 6/24/16 | Mindy Belz
    As the Clinton-led State Department dragged its feet against Boko Haram, Clinton Foundation donors made millions from Nigerian oil fields The attacks on Jan. 20, 2012, began not so much as an explosion but as an earthquake. ....In coordinated bombings at 23 separate locations in the city of Kano, including police headquarters and military barracks, the group left one of Africa’s largest cities in disarray and panic. The January attacks killed more than 185 people—Africa’s worst terrorism since the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ...Boko Haram often showed up better equipped than the Nigerian military...prominently...
  • HUGE EXPLOSION AT HOTEL IN SOMALI CAPITAL; GUNMEN INSIDE

    06/25/2016 7:46:12 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 128 replies
    AP ^ | 6-25-16 | ABDI GULED
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, followed by a second explosion heard inside the hotel as gunmen fought their way inside, police said Saturday. At least four bodies were seen outside the hotel, one officer said.