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Category Archives: Somalia

April 9, 2015

Al-Shabaab: under pressure at home but still deadly abroad

The horror that unfolded at Garissa University College in north eastern Kenya is yet another reminder of the transnational threat still posed by al-Shabaab. Despite recent infighting amongst the group’s various internal factions, the attack demonstrates how the “internationalist” wing, …

Posted in Africa, CRT Editorial, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Somalia, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
April 20, 2012

Al-Qaeda lets Abu Qatada know they still care

Just in case Abu Qatada is feeling especially embattled after creating another media storm this week, he may be happy to know that his pals in al-Qaeda have not forgotten about him. Al-Qaeda central and two of its franchises – …

Posted in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United Kingdom
March 6, 2012

Kenyan fugitive is 7/7 widow, fingerprints confirm

A fingerprint match confirms that Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, is the woman wanted for questioning by Kenyan police for suspected involvement in terrorism.
Last seen crossing the Tanzanian border in a striped headscarf in August …

Posted in Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
February 29, 2012

New 7/7 link emerges in Kenyan terrorism case

Duncan Gardham in the Telegraph today reports on an intriguing development in the case of Jermaine Grant, the Muslim convert from Newham, East London, who has appeared in court in Kenya on charges of possessing explosives and preparing an attack.
Kenyan …

Posted in Africa, Islamism, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United Kingdom
February 16, 2012

Why the al-Qaeda merger could damage al-Shabaab’s ambitions

Al-Shabaab’s recent merger with al-Qaeda (AQ) throws up a variety of questions, though is seems the most pertinent one to me is whether it actually benefits the Somali group.
An intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security …

Posted in Africa, Islamism, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
November 16, 2011

Al-Qaeda’s inwards turn?

Israel has pledged support to Kenya in its battle against al-Shabaab, the militant Islamist group in Somalia.
Kenya invaded southern Somalia three weeks ago, with approximately 1600 troops seeking to root out al-Shabaab fighters and the Kenyan air force launching bombing …

Posted in Africa, Islamism, Israel, Religious Fundamentalism, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
September 20, 2011

Radio al-Shabaab: limited crossover appeal for a Western market

The lucky kids of Somalia are being given the chance to win a host of prizes if they enter a competition run by a radio station controlled by al-Shabaab. All you have to do is win a Quran recital contest.
If …

Posted in Religious Fundamentalism, Somalia, The Scoop
September 19, 2011

Al-Shabaab’s Mogadishu Retreat

Robin Simcox looks at the emerging threat posed by the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen in Somalia in the wake of the group’s recent retreat from Mogadishu.

Posted in Briefing, Islamism, Religious Fundamentalism, Somalia, Terrorism & Security
August 26, 2011

Al-Shabaab in Yemen?

Militants of al-Qaeda’s franchise in Somalia, al-Shabaab, may be crossing into Yemen to help fight with al-Qaeda operatives there.
Read more about this here.

Posted in Defence, Somalia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, Yemen
July 22, 2011

Addressing the Causes is Tomorrow’s Problem. Somalia Needs our Help Today.

Nobody is under any illusions as to the causes of the ongoing famine in East Africa, where over 10 million people are at risk of starvation after the worst drought in 60 years. It’s not just that the rains have …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Environment, Somalia, The Scoop
July 5, 2011

Time to think again on food security

Once again the rains have failed over the Horn of Africa; once again millions are faced with the bleak prospect of malnourishment or starvation; and once again the calls have gone out from the aid agencies for urgent international help. …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Economy, Environment, Somalia, The Scoop
November 18, 2009

Somali pirates can’t be beaten at sea

The release by Somali pirates of a Spanish trawler and its 36 crew has thrust the issue of Somali piracy back into the spotlight. The vessel was released after a ransom payment exceeding $3m was agreed. Not bad in a …

Posted in Somalia
December 17, 2008

Somali Piracy

The surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia stems from the lack of effective government and viable means of making a living. The implosion of the central government in 1991 left a void in which Somali fishermen saw the …

Posted in Briefing, Somalia, Terrorism & Security