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Lawyers say NSA eavesdropping on U.S. citizen may have led to strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence officials may have used National Security Agency data collected by eavesdropping on U.S. citizens or residents to target a Somali militant leader in a lethal missile strike, defense lawyers in a California terrorism-funding case said.   Questions about whether the data may have been collected illegally could fuel fresh controversy over NSA spying on U.S. citizen ...

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UK Somalis uncomfortable after Kenya attack

London, United Kingdom - More than two weeks have passed since a siege on Nairobi's Westgate Mall led by Somali rebel group al-Shabab ended in the deaths of at least 67 people. For some members of the UK's Somali community, however, the Westgate attack is still at the top of their discussions, especially among younger Somalis.   Every attack in the Horn of Africa registers closely with the community he ...

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5 people killed as KDF forces open fire on civilians in Kismayo

Kismayo (Harar24) – Details regarding yesterday’s roadside bomb against KDF forces in Afmadow Neighborood in Kismayo are coming out. At least 7 people were killed 5 of them being civilians as KDF forces opened fire on civilians who were near the bomb blast site.   According to eyewitnesses the explosion occurred at the town’s Via Afmadow area when an armored vehicle used by the KDF forces was hit by an ...

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Al-Shabaab’s Westgate Siege was all about Somalia

Last month’s siege at the  Westgate  mall  in  Nairobi  –  a  brazen  and calculated attack which left at least 67 people dead – shocked people around the world. The families of victims are in mourning and citizens are demanding to know what really happened. Many are also wondering what attack tells us about al-Shabaab, the Somalia Islamist militant group responsible for the assault, and the future of secur ...

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Pakistan rearrests ex-president Musharraf over Red Mosque deaths

(Reuters) - Pakistan rearrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday after accusations that he was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people when he ordered commandos to storm the Red Mosque in 2007.   The operation at the radical mosque in the capital of Islamabad followed a week-long standoff between the mosque's supporters and security forces.   The rearrest came af ...

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Extremist Group Gains Foothold Among Kenyans

NAIROBI, Kenya — When the United States tried to capture a powerful militant in Somalia last weekend, it did not go after the leader of the Shabab extremist group, but a Kenyan national whose ties were as much in his native country as in the Horn of Africa.   Outside of Somalia itself, Kenya sends more fighters to the Shabab than does any other country, analysts say. Young Kenyan men have ridden buses ...

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Roadside bomb hits KDF convoy this morning in Kismayo.

(Kismayo) A roadside bomb hits an AMISOM convoy travelling on in the city of Kismayo. The Amisom forces belonging to Kenya were targeted this morning in a roadside bomb believed to be planted by Al-shabab.   Eye witnesses are reporting that the roadside bomb targeted an AMISOM convoy carrying troops from the KDF while travelling in the Afmadow neighborhood .   “We  saw the armored vehicles coming ...

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Al Shabab fighters attack Lafole town

Mogadishu (Harar24)Fighters belonging to Al Shabab have attacked Lafole town in Lower Shabelle region last night, residents report to Harar News.   Residents who spoke with Harar reporters said the fighters attacked the town early in the morning as the roars of the heavy machine guns were heard by the residents.   Local police spokesman said the government forces and the peacekeepers of AMISOM res ...

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Libyan PM kidnapped by armed men

(Al Jazeera) Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped from a hotel in Tripoli by an armed group and taken to an unknown location, the government has said. A former Libyan rebel group said on Thursday it had "arrested" Zeidan after the government allowed the United States to capture top al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Liby in Tripoli last weekend. The Libyan Revolutionary Operations Chamber said on F ...

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Sierra Leone ramps up security

 Sierra Leone officials say they are bolstering security in response to the heightened threat posed by Al-Shabaab, the West African nation expressed concern it could be targeted because of the presence its forces under the AMISOM operations in Somalia.       According to Sierra Leone government’s spokesperson the security was beefed up in the country after the Westgate attack in Kenya that ki ...

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