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Somalia: The Islamic Conundrum

Somali officials, responding to Kenyan anger at recent al Shabaab attacks inside Kenya, announced a major offensive, using soldiers and peacekeepers, to shut down the few remaining al Shabaab bases in remote areas near the Kenyan border. This would make it more difficult for al Shabaab to operate inside Kenya. Meanwhile al Shabaab is finding [...]

In an effort to smooth frayed relations between the city’s Somali-American community and law enforcement, Rep. Keith Ellison traveled to south Minneapolis today to meet with friends and relatives of four Twin Cities men accused of plotting to join the Islamic State. Ellison’s office declined to discuss the details of the closed-door meeting Friday afternoon [...]

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The Somali militant group al-Shabab says it has executed a man in the south of the country for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. An al-Shabab court said the man, identified as Mohamud Mursal Muse, confessed to insulting the prophet in the town of Jamame, 30 kilometers north of Kismayo. An audio recording of an al-Shabab [...]

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A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a “massacre” would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. According to an FBI affidavit, Mahamed Abukar Said [...]

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MANDERA, Kenya, April 23 (Xinhua) — Somali Al-Shabaab militants have killed a Kenyan official abducted early Thursday after failing to receive 43,800 U.S. dollar ransom.  Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo confirmed the incident, saying the body identified as Mkutar Otieno was found in Badhere area with bullet wounds. The vehicle the gang had also [...]

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Attorneys for four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group questioned the government’s use of a paid informant, and argued Thursday that the case against their clients is slim. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson found there was probable cause to believe a crime was committed, and [...]

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Habiba Alin lies crouched on a neatly spread bed rest on the floor adorned with colorful Somali outfits. Inside a dome shaped thatched hut at Bulajogo village in Wajir district of Woqooyi Bari Somali region which is occupied by Kenya, she rests her head on a second hand pillow tucked over the makeshift she has called [...]

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(Reuters) – Somali and African forces aim to drive al Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks, the Somali prime minister said on Thursday. Omar Sharmarke also told Reuters he was pressing Kenya to [...]

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* Four of the dead were UNICEF staff * Top U.N. envoy for Somalia brands attack “despicable” * Al Shabaab militants have stepped up attacks this year (Updates death toll, U.N. officials, president’s comments) By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, April 20 (Reuters) – Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United [...]

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