Al-Shabaab Kills Private Military Contractor in Roadside Explosion

Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for targeting the elite US-trained Danab force in a roadside explosion about 110 km southwest of Mogadishu on Sunday. The attack killed a French national working with Bancroft Global Development, an American private military company. Two other contractors with the company were injured, as well as two senior Somali Brigade […]

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2 Men Found Guilty of Aiding in 2013 Kenya Mall Attack

The timing of this verdict is interesting given the imminent US presidential election.Since the attack in 2013 the Kenya and US govs have presented zero evidence (to the public anyway) that any of the four attackers as seen on CCTV were killed. If there were (DNA evidence) the Kenya gov would have been reminding us […]

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Why is the U.S. Military Authority Seeking to Expand its Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya?

The New York Times has reported that the U.S. military aims to broaden its counterterrorism drone war in Kenya. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/us/politics/shabab-drone-authorities-kenya.html#click=https://t.co/Lam9HALEWU Why now?A couple of things come to mind; damage control (publicity) ahead of presidential elections, and competition with China’s expanding military footprint in Africa.Seems to me that the US conducting drone strikes inside Kenya is […]

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Notes on the abduction and ransom of Sylvia Aisha Romano

While a ransom was paid to Al-Shabaab, the militant group may not have been aid worker Sylvia Aisha Romano original captors in Malindi two years ago. Reports have suggested that Kenya Wildlife Service personnel were arrested in their connection with the abduction and that they hid the aid worker in the vast and dense Boni […]

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Thoughts on dusitD2 2 Attack

On January 15th, 2019, I flew from Nairobi to Lamu, where I’ve been living for some time. While waiting for my luggage I chatted with a fellow passenger, a young Somali who told mehe was working in the gas fields of Pate Island. We noted the gains Kenya has made in recent years in security and theuptick in international tourism. Other […]

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Alternet : ‘Death Squads in Kenya’s Shadow War against al-Shabaab’

‘The goal of the extrajudicial executions, according to Kiser, is to “exterminate and intimidate people believed to be associated with the Al Shabaab movement in neighboring Somalia.” Religious leaders told Kiser that Kenyan security forces “are targeting them unfairly for persecution if not indeed for summary execution,” though local authorities say they have intelligence linking imams to al-Shabaab’

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Giveaways That Al-Shabaab’s Video Of The Battle Of El-Adde Was Staged

On Sunday, April 3rd, Al-Shabaab’s media wing released a recruitment video showing the militant group’s January 15th raid at a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) camp at el-Adde, Somalia. It was the deadliest attack on an AMISOM mission to date, killing 100-200, 12 were reportedly taken hostage. KDF has yet to release any casualty figures to […]

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War and Peace – a Jungian Thing

           Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?Sergeant Joker: A peace symbol, sir. Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it? Sergeant Joker: I don’t remember, sir. Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet? Sergeant Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir. Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on […]

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