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Al Shabaab’s glossy ads for global jihad aimed directly at Westerners

(NBC News) South Africa – The jihadist speaks with an unmistakable London accent, railing against “disbelievers who dominate our lives and our lands” in a glossy propaganda video for al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamic extremist group that claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on Kenya's premier shopping mall.   The masked militant who appears to have featured in similar videos in the past makes a ...

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Thousands of detainees have died in Ni­ger­ian military custody amid crackdown on Islamists

LAGOS, Nigeria — In a striking glimpse into Nigeria’s escalating war with Islamist militants, mortuary records from a single Nigerian hospital show that the number of detainees who died in military custody more than tripled in June, after a state of emergency was declared in the northeast.   Overall, the records obtained by the Associated Press for the nine months from Oct. 5, 2012, to July 5 indicate ...

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U.S. Weapons Now in Somali Terrorists’ Hands

Bad news in the five-year-old U.S. proxy war against al-Qaida–allied Somali insurgents. Half of the U.S.-supplied weaponry that enables cash-strapped Ugandan and Burundian troops to fight Somalia’s al-Shabab terror group is winding up in al-Shabab’s hands.   The kicker: It’s the cash-strapped Ugandans who are selling the weapons to the insurgents.   This revelation, buried in U.N. reports and high ...

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Prominent UK Muslims under police protection after al-Shabaab threats

A prominent British Muslim commentator is being protected by police following concerns over his safety following the release of a video by Somali-based terror group, al-Shabaab, which singled out several British Muslims for having criticised jihadists in the aftermath of the Woolwich murder.   Mohammed Ansar, a filmmaker and journalist who has spoken out against extremism in Islam and the far right, sa ...

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A Recruitment Video With a Difference

He is speaking from Somalia in the name of Al Shabab, but he has an impeccable British accent and he’s appealing directly to Muslims in the UK. He wants another Woolwich-style attack. “If you can’t afford one of these,” he says, shaking an AK47 in the air, “a simple knife from B&Q will do the job.”   This is a terrorist recruitment video with a difference. Not only is it in the English language, it ...

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Report: NSA director on his way out

(msnbc.com) Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency who lead the NSA during some of its toughest political challenges, is stepping down from the post early next year, according to Reuters. Alexander is the longest serving director of the NSA, having held the position for eight years. During the last four months, Alexander found himself faced with the greatest political and securit ...

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Al-Shabaab releases hour long video on Woolwich attack

By Harar24′s Editorials team Al-Shabaab’s media wing, Al-Kataib released a 58 minutes long video today. The title of the video “Woolwich attack: It’s an eye for an eye” appears to have been taken from the words of Michael Adebolajo, who after killing Lee Rigby at Woolwich said in front of a camera said: “An eye for an eye & tooth for a tooth”. The video was taken down several times and digitally corrupt ...

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Malaysian court rules use of ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims

(Reuters) - A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.   The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia's appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-languag ...

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Al Shabab fighters attack Amisom base in Elasha Biyaha last night

Mogadishu (Harar24) Heavy fighting was reported last night at a AMISOM base near Elasha Biyaha in Lower Shabelle Region.   Residents in Elasha Biyaha reported that units from Al-Shabaab carried out an attack last night on AMISOM forces base near Elasha Biyaha.   Residents who spoke with Harar24 reporters said the fighters attacked the town early in the morning, as the sounds of the heavy machine g ...

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Two die in Addis Ababa bomb explosion

ADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) - A bomb blast in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed two people on Sunday, state radio said.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted plots of attacks in the past two years and blames rebel groups based in the south and southeast, as well as Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents.   "A bomb blast occurred at a residen ...

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