October 5, 2011 |
A suicide truck bombing that killed an estimated 70 people, including students hoping for foreign scholarships, underscores the intent of an Islamic militant group to ensure that Somalia remains ungovernable and a secure base for its global struggle against the West. U.S. officials say the Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the bombing Tuesday in Mogadishu, the capital, appears to be strengthening its ties with Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen. They fear it also is increasing cooperation with an extremist network in Nigeria.
November 17, 2011 |
Kenya's government has made an urgent appeal to the Obama administration for the Pentagon to provide intelligence and logistical support to Kenya's faltering month-old military operation in Somalia against the Shabab, a powerful Al Qaeda-linked militia. Administration officials are considering the request, which came through the State Department, to provide military surveillance and reconnaissance that could include imagery from drone aircraft. Such aid would represent a significant expansion of U.S. involvement in the chaotic East African nation.
July 14, 2011 |
To save themselves, Rahmo Ibrahim Madey and three of her children escaped on foot this month from southern Somalia's Bakol region — a drought-racked land controlled by the Islamist militants of the Shabab group. Less than 20 miles from their destination, the battered capital of Mogadishu, Madey's 1-year-old daughter, Fadumo, died of starvation. Days later, under a shelter of plastic sheeting and castaway fabric at one of the makeshift refugee camps in the capital, the 29-year-old mother spooned small helpings of porridge into the mouth of her 4-year-old daughter, Batulo.
September 18, 2009 |
In swift retaliation for the U.S. killing this week of a suspected Al Qaeda fugitive in Somalia, insurgents attacked the main African Union peacekeeping base in Mogadishu with twin truck bombs Thursday, killing at least nine people, including four AU soldiers. Suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the heavily guarded seaside base by impersonating U.N. personnel, AU officials said. Among the wounded were unidentified senior Somali government officials, who were visiting the base, and the newly arrived African Union force commander, Ugandan Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, who suffered minor injuries, AU and government officials said.
July 19, 2009 |
Somali gunmen kidnapped three foreign aid workers in a raid on a Kenyan border town, rebels and residents said. Cross-border raids are fairly common in the remote region, but usually involve cattle rustlers or gangs of robbers preying on businesspeople in both countries. Somalia's militant Shabab group, which denied involvement, vowed to track down the captors who took the three workers from the town of Mandera. Sheik Aden of Shabab said the vehicle with the hostages had escaped and was heading toward Mogadishu.
August 13, 2009 |
A third man has pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges stemming from a federal investigation into Americans traveling to Somalia to fight with Islamic militants. Kamal Hassan acknowledged lying to FBI agents and admitted spending time at a training camp in Somalia run by Shabab, a group designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda. Hassan admitted to a federal judge in Minneapolis that he had fought with Shabab in Somalia. He faces up to eight years in prison in a plea agreement worked out with the U.S. attorney's office.