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Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017

7 U.N. Workers Dead As Bomb Blast Rocks Somalia’s Puntland

Seven U.N. workers were killed when Islamist militants planted a bomb in a U.N. Children’s Fund bus in Somalia’s Puntland state, local police said by phone on Monday.

April 20, 2015

Somali-American Fights Militant Islamist Recruiters In U.S. Heartland

Abdirizak Bihi is a youth leader in Minnesota who works to help young Somali Americans reject the recruitment of religious extremists.

October 6, 2014

Pentagon Confirms Militant Al-Shabab Leader Killed In Somalia Airstrike

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon confirmed Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Somalia’s al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab militants, was killed in a U.S. airstrike that took place early this week. Godane, 37, was killed Monday after a special-forces strike hit a militant encampment in a town south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, officials said. The mission […]

September 5, 2014

U.S. Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Air Strike

Mogadishu (AFP) — U.S. forces have carried out air strikes against the leader of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday. The Pentagon confirmed an “operation” was carried out on Monday against the hardline militia, and that it was “assessing the results.” […]

September 2, 2014

More Than 50 Million Driven From Homes By War, Crisis

Geneva (AFP) – The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syrians hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday. The UNHCR said there were 51.2 million forcibly displaced people at the end of 2013, a full six […]

June 20, 2014

Suicide Car Bomber Rocks Somalia’s Presidential Palace

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, whose residence and office is in the presidential palace compound, […]

February 21, 2014

U.S. Private Contractor In Somalia Likes Working With “Savages”

The revelations about the America’s covert military involvement in Somalia — where the Al Qaeda spin-off group al-Shabab has been gathering strength for years — keep coming. A recent report in The New York Times lays out the extent of U.S. reliance on private contractors in the fight against Somali militants. The people the State […]

August 11, 2011

U.S. Group Trains Troops In Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — On the front lines of Mogadishu’s streets, Islamist militants battle African Union troops. Standing alongside the peacekeepers are members of an American-run team of advisers, former military men who play a little-known but key role in the war against al-Shabab. Aside from covert raids by special operations forces, the U.S. government […]

August 10, 2011

American Admits He Helped Friends Fight For Islamic Terror Group In Somalia

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday to a terror charge for helping Somali men travel to their homeland to take up arms with the terror group al-Shabab, averting what would have been the first trial in a long-running federal investigation. Omer Abdi Mohamed, 26, of St. Anthony pleaded guilty to one count […]

July 18, 2011

CIA Operates Secret Training Facility And Prison In Somalia

The convoluted relationship between the U.S. and Somalia — which has quietly become a central front in the ever-expanding military campaign against Al Qaeda — just got even messier. According to a report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation, U.S. intelligence forces have built a training facility and a secret prison in the capital of […]

July 13, 2011