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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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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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Libya militants seek to avenge al Qaeda leader capture

(Reuters) - Libyan militants have called for the kidnapping of American citizens in Tripoli and for attacks on gas pipelines, ships and planes to avenge the capture of a senior al Qaeda figure by U.S. special forces in Libya last week.   Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilian ...

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Raids Show the Limits of U.S. Military Strikes

Four vans with tinted windows converged in a comfortable Tripoli neighborhood as a leader of Al Qaeda returned home on Saturday from early morning prayers. As his wife watched with alarm from a window, the men — armed with silencer-equipped weapons, some masked and some not — smashed his car window. Within moments, they were gone, taking with them one of America’s most wanted terror suspects. Around the sam ...

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Libya demands explanation for ‘kidnapping’ of citizen by US forces

Demand comes hours after separate failed US military raid on terrorist target in Somalia. Libya has demanded an explanation for the "kidnapping" of one of its citizens by American special forces, hours after a separate US military raid on a terrorist target in Somalia ended in apparent failure and retreat. In Tripoli the US army's Delta force seized alleged al-Qaida leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known ...

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Violence hits Egypt’s Sinai peninsula

Armed men have killed five Egyptian soldiers in an attack on a military checkpoint near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, security officials said. Monday's attack took place north of the city, where fighters have repeatedly targeted security forces in recent weeks, the officials said. In a separate incident, officials said a massive explosion, possibly from a car bomb, hit the security headquarters in a sou ...

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Assassinations of Muslim clerics in Kenya ‘boosting al Shabaab’

(Reuters) - The killings of popular Muslim clerics in Kenya's port city of Mombasa is strengthening support for Somali militants who massacred at least 67 people in a Nairobi shopping mall two weeks ago, a prominent Islamist said on Saturday. The apparent assassination of Sheikh Ibrahim Omar on Thursday night raised religious tensions in Kenya's commercial and tourism hub. Young Muslims, streaming out of a ...

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