East Africa's Emerging Crescent of Militancy

Natalie Spoden,The National Interest

On September 21, al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Al Qaeda affiliate, gained international attention yet again, with the daring and devastating attack on the Westgate Mall in an upscale area of Nairobi. The targets of the attack—Western visitors and affluent Kenyans—were ideal for the group’s intention of sending a bold message.

Is Egypt Trying to Block Israel's African Union Bid?

Ayah Aman

CAIRO — Egyptian fears have been rekindled regarding the spread of Israeli influence in the Horn of Africa, and more particularly the Nile Basin, following information obtained by Egyptian security agencies that Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria were attempting to promote Israel’s candidacy as an observer member in the African Union (AU). These states were also urging other AU states to include a discussion of this request on the agenda for the African Summit in January 2014 in Addis Ababa.

The Blowback that Created al-Shabaab

By Graeme Anfinson  "Information Clearing House -

The terrible attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has put a spotlight on radical Islam coming from Somalia. The as of yet unconfirmed reports of Americans being involved has put an added emphasis on the Somali American community, the largest of which is here in the Twin Cities. What has been lacking in much of the coverage of the attack, unsurprisingly, is context.


Nightmare in Nairobi: What Can West Learn From Israel?

The brutal terrorist attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall [Sept. 21] may have put terrorism in Africa back in the headlines, but the truth is that it never really left the headlines over the past few years. The difference is that it was usually limited to local, African headlines. Only an incident of this magnitude, with multiple casualties in an ostensibly “Western” mall in an African state that was relatively “organized” could capture front pages and open news broadcasts around the world, at least for a short time.

Terrorism, Petrol And International Competition: Turkey In Somalia – Analysis

 Terrorism, Petrol And International Competition: Turkey In Somalia – Analysis

Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia


August 25, 2013
By Fuad Ferhavi
At the start of the month the Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu was the target of a suicide car-bombing. A Turkish policeman lost his life in the attack and three others were wounded.

Al-Qaeda to the Rescue

 Al-Qaeda to the Rescue

By Pepe Escobar

August 05, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "Asia Times" -

When the going gets tough, count on the Ministry of Truth to get going.

The end of Ramadan was imminent. The jihadi chattering classes of that fuzzy entity, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), went on overdrive.

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