Feb 15, 2014

Somalia diverts arms to clans: U.N.

U.N. monitors have found evidence that arms shipments to the Somali government have been diverted to clan militias and in one case were destined for an al-Shabab rebel commander. A confidential report by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, seen Friday, found “high-level and ...

Nov 13, 2013

Ships can carry armed guards against pirates

The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday that allows security guards to carry rifles aboard Japan-registered vessels to counter piracy off Somalia and elsewhere. The legislation, passed with support from both the ruling and opposition camps, is the first in Japan to authorize private citizens ...

Oct 29, 2013

Top Somalia al-Shabab militant killed in drone strike

A top suicide bomb maker for Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels has been killed in a drone strike, government officials said Tuesday after the latest attack by U.S. forces against the al-Qaida-linked group. Residents near the site of the strike in southern Somalia reported at least ...

Oct 7, 2013

With twin attacks, Obama renews doctrine of limited force

By ordering risky raids against Islamic extremists in Somalia and Libya, U.S. President Barack Obama has shown a renewed readiness to use force while trying to keep the scope limited. The twin commando operations in the lawless African states came even while the U.S. ...

Warlord behind Kenya attack has global ambitions

Sep 26, 2013

Warlord behind Kenya attack has global ambitions

by Sudarsan Raghavan

The alleged Somali mastermind of the assault on a posh mall that killed scores and jolted Kenya is a man of contradictions. Ahmed Godane is bookish, eloquent in both Arabic and Somali, recites poetry and is known to quote from obscure academic journals, analysts ...

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

| Sep 24, 2013

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

by Franz Wild and Sarah Mcgregor

The attack that killed 69 people in a Kenyan shopping mall over the weekend was the first regional operation undertaken by the new leadership of Somalia’s al-Shabab militants following a bloody power struggle. After months of pressure from African troops against the al-Qaida-linked group ...

Trouble at home led al-Shabab to attack abroad

| Sep 23, 2013

Trouble at home led al-Shabab to attack abroad

The massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall by Somalia’s al-Shabab insurgents has shown the still-potent threat of the al-Qaida-linked group even as its fighters struggle at home, analysts say. The attack, which follows bloody strikes by al-Shabab suicide commandos earlier this year, including against ...