September 25, 2013 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta declared an end to the Nairobi shopping mall siege after a final day of shooting and explosions Tuesday, but many key questions about the terrorist attack remained unanswered. In a somber speech to the nation, Kenya's leader spelled out the toll -- at least 72 people dead, including six soldiers and five of the attackers. But he offered no details on what happened in the final confrontation between security forces and attackers, in which repeated explosions toppled several floors of the mall and sent a thick plume of smoke into the air. Nor did he explain what happened to hostages reportedly held by members of the Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group the Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack.
September 23, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Two terrorists holed up in a Nairobi shopping mall were killed Monday morning, and others were injured, according to Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku. The news came during the third day of a siege that began when terrorists attacked the Westgate shopping center, killing at least 62 people and taking hostages. Lenku told a news conference that government forces were in control of all the floors of the mall and had cordoned off the building so that there would be no escape for the 10 to 15 terrorists believed to be inside.
September 22, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Security forces launched what they called a final assault late Sunday against Somali militants holed up in a high-end shopping mall, claiming they had freed most of the hostages being held by the gunmen and seized control of much of the building. Military and police helicopters circled low over the multi-story Westgate mall and gunfire rang out throughout the day. As darkness fell, beginning the second night of the siege, a large explosion shook the area. The Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said a major operation was unfolding to end the terrorist attack that killed at least 68 people and injured 175. PHOTOS: Kenya mall attack "This will end tonight," it declared.
September 22, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Israeli advisors were reported to be helping Kenya's government try to free hostages held by terrorist gunmen in an upscale shopping mall, after an attack that killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, but President Uhuru Kenyatta said the rescue attempt remained a domestic operation. "For the time being, this remains an operation of the Kenyan security agencies. I thank all our international friends who have reached out to us and stood with us," Kenyatta said.
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September 20, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - When the battle was over, Marines who fought in Vietnam labeled Hill 881 South “a deadly killing zone” in the long siege of Khe Sanh . Twenty-seven Marines were killed and 50 wounded - in all, 75% of the force that had been sent that day in April 1967 to wrest the hill from the dug-in enemy. (Khe Sanh was the scene of protracted sieges in 1967 and 1968.) Marine losses would have been even greater except for the courage of two Marine privates who were scared of dying but more scared of letting down their buddies.
August 25, 2013 |
CAIRO - In one of the many videos from Wednesday's alleged chemical attack in Syria, a father holds the lifeless body of his daughter. On the ground at his feet lay the body of another daughter. "Before, I put out food for her and she said, 'Dad, today is not my turn for food, it's my siblings' turn,'" the man said, referring to bread and food shortages in their town caused by the government's siege. "And the hunger, what are we supposed to do?" The grief-stricken father was talking about the rebel-controlled Ghouta Sharqia area, suburbs east of Damascus, where a months-long siege has prevented food, medicine and other aid from reaching the towns outside the capital.
August 17, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Clerics from Egypt's top religious institution attempted to end a siege Saturday at a Cairo mosque, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters hunkered inside as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire. Clerics from Al Azhar, Sunni Islam's most revered university, hurried through tear gas and entered Al Fatih mosque in Ramses Square. Police fired into the air to push back crowds at the entrance as military officers and the clerics tried to negotiate an end to the clash.
August 17, 2013 |
CAIRO - The siege at a Cairo mosque Saturday highlighted the specter of Egypt spiraling into civil strife and factional bloodshed among the army, Islamists and bands of vigilantes who are emerging as a dangerous third force in the nation's turmoil. That troubling prospect was evident even as imams from Egypt's top religious institution late in the day succeeded in ending the standoff at Al Fatih mosque, where hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and anti-military protesters had hunkered as mobs cursed them from the streets amid the rattle of automatic weapons fire.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a gilded but often lonely life, Cordelia Scaife May, heiress to one of America's most storied fortunes, had a few cherished passions. Protecting birds was one. Keeping immigrants out was another. An ardent environmentalist more comfortable with books and birds than with high-society galas, May believed nature was under siege from runaway population growth. Before her death in 2005, she devoted much of her wealth to rolling back the tide - backing birth control and curbing immigration, both legal and illegal.
June 30, 2013 |
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War. "Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln. "This war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.... " There's a reason Natchez, Miss., an hour and a half south of Vicksburg, has more stately antebellum mansions today than Vicksburg, which has a few lovelies of its own. When Union troops knocked at Natchez's door in the spring of 1862, it practically laid down and rolled over.