Somali Islamists claim deadly attack on medics

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA Jan 26 2010 11:34

Somalia‘s hard-line insurgent group, al-Shabaab, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a mortar attack on an African Union peacekeepers’ base in Mogadishu that left several people dead.

On Monday, a mortar round crashed into a group of Somali civilians queuing up at one of the entrances of the AU’s peacekeeping mission (Amisom) to receive medical treatment from the force’s doctors.

“The attack on the compound of the African infidels was carried out by our mujahedins [holy warriors]. It was a successful attack that left many of the enemy doctors dead,” al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Rage said. Continue reading

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HDNet World Report Investigates a Growing Terrorist Threat in Kenya

Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab is starting to infect this strong U.S. Ally –

Report airs Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET

January 25, 2010 —

DALLAS, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — This Tuesday, World Report, HDNet‘s award-winning weekly news program, travels to Kenya, a country long considered East Africa’s most stable nation — not to mention a vital American ally in the war on terror — to investigate a Somali extremist Islamic terrorist organization called Al-Shabaab. The group, having known ties to Al-Qaeda, is now crossing Kenya’s porous border with Somalia, along with the recent influx of refugees, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islamic law on citizens in Kenya.

When asked by World Report Correspondent Paul Beban about Al-Shabaab’s presence in Kenya, U.S. Ambassador Michael Rannenberger said, “They are of course an extremely fanatical movement, and they do have significant support. There is no doubt that Al-Shabaab poses an actual and potential danger to Kenya.” Continue reading

Jihadis Inside the Gate

by Clare M. Lopez

Posted 01/06/2010 ET

As the new decade opens, the country is reeling: the year just past saw more attacks by Islamic jihadis directed against Americans than in any other year since 9/11. Several were discovered and stopped before they could claim any victims, including the Najibullah Zazi bombing plot, bomb plots in Illinois and Texas, and the case of the five American-born jihadi wannabes caught in Pakistan.

Two other attacks left Americans dead and injured outside a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark. and at Ft. Hood, Texas. That the Christmas Day terror attack by a Nigerian Muslim jihadi on board an intercontinental flight from Europe failed is due only to the incompetence of the al Qaeda bomb-maker who fashioned the device that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried on board NWA Flight 253 in his underwear.

Our national security agencies deserve credit for foiling any jihadi attacks. But the enemy is not just getting closer: he’s inside the gates. And the reason is because current U.S. national security policy is simply not adequate to the Islamic jihad challenge that’s coming at us.  Continue reading

Al Qaeda’s Trojan Horse

Will the failed Christmas Day terror plot finally expose a former Gitmo detainee living in the UK for the jihadist that he is?
by Thomas Joscelyn

An intriguing name has surfaced in the worldwide investigation into Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s life. That name is Moazzam Begg, and it is a name that is well known to those left-wing journalists and human rights lawyers who take everything former Gitmo detainees say at face value. Continue reading

Somalia: Hizbul Islam Claims Victory Over Fighting Out of Kismayu Town

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

6 October 2009

Somalia — The Islamist organization of Hizbul Islam has claimed victory over the fighting in out of Kismayu town, just after heavy fighting between the Islamist fighters that continued overnight there, officials told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Sheik Osma’il Adow, the spokesman of the Islamist organization of Hizbul Islam for the consulting council said that they had achieved about overnight and yesterday’s fighting between Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen and Hizbul Islam that continued in out of the port town of Kismayu in Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia. Continue reading

Hizbollah confirms broad aid for Hamas

By Anna Fifield in Beirut

Published: May 12 2009 13:50 | Last updated: May 12 2009 22:11


Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary-general of Hizbollah, gives a rare interview to the FT, sitting beneath tapestries showing Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late Supreme Leader

Hizbollah has been providing the Palestinians in Gaza with “every type of support” possible for some time, the deputy leader of the powerful Lebanese Shia movement has said, in a remarkable admission of a widening regional role.

Sheikh Naim Qassem’s frank comments to the Financial Times are the first clear confirmation of Hizbollah’s broad assistance to the Palestinian Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Continue reading