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Kenya 'will pursue Somali rebels'

Kenya 'will pursue Somali rebels' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Kenyan troops fighting Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia promise to carry out air strikes deeper into rebel-held territory...
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Al Qaeda Africa Refuge Flourishes By Meshing With Locals

Al Qaeda Africa Refuge Flourishes By Meshing With Locals | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SOKOLO, Mali -- The first time the members of al-Qaida emerged from the forest, they politely said hello. Then the men carrying automatic weapons asked the frightened villagers if they could please take water from the well.
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The Somalia dilemma

Foreign intervention is not the answer, argues Josephine Whitaker. The solution to Somalia’s problems must be found at home.

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Kenyan Motives in Somalia Predate Recent Abductions

The Kenyan government revealed that its foray against Islamist militants was not simply a response to a wave of kidnappings, as previously claimed, but to keep violence from spilling across its border.
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Kenya and Somalia: landscape of tension

"Kenya doesn’t know war. We know war." A fractious mix of violence and politics is unsettling the relationship between east African neighbours and putting more pressure on Somalis living in Kenya. The Somali militia group known as al-Shabaab is often viewed as the source of the problem. But the roots of the turmoil go deep in Kenya's own history, says Daniel Branch.

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Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl

Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Muammar al-Qaddafi is dead. Now comes the hard part -- preventing Libya from turning into another Somalia.

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Kenya's push into Somalia slows as ministers arrive in country for talks

Kenya's push into Somalia slows as ministers arrive in country for talks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Kenyan army hampered by heavy rain as troops head towards Afmadow, where al-Shabab militants are entrenched...
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The Tears of Somalia - By Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Tears of Somalia - By Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Somalia is suffering from the most severe drought and famine in the last 60 years, which has already resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and endangers the lives of 750,000 more Somalis. This crisis tests the notion of civilization and our modern values. It reveals, once again, that it is a basic human obligation to pursue international cooperation and solidarity to provide solace for those suffering from natural and man-made disasters.

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How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia

How Libya Could Become Another Iraq, Afghanistan, Or Somalia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The New Republic covers politics, culture, and the arts with a focus on the White House, foreign policy, Congress, Capitol Hill, Wikileaks, the lame duck session, literature, and more.
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Somalia's rare window of hope

Somalia's rare window of hope | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Beset by war, drought, piracy and an Islamist insurgency, there is now a window of opportunity to set up a government in Somalia - the only way the UN sees of solving these problems, reports the BBC’s Barbara Plett.
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Somali Islamists ban aid groups, renewing famine concerns

Somali Islamists ban aid groups, renewing famine concerns | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Somalia's Islamist insurgency banned Western aid agencies from its territory, raising concerns that famine could return to parts of the northeast African nation.
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Somalia, Libya, Uganda: US increases Africa focus

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africa's military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat.

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What is Somalia's Al Shabab?

The international community has more questions than answers about the Somali militant group Al Shabab, the target of Kenya's military incursion into Somalia. But they know how it affords food for its troops – and it's not from piracy.

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Al-Shabab: Between the battlefield & the famine

Despite its military setbacks and pressures from the famine, Al-Shabab remains a formidable and adaptive force and insurgents continue to control most of central and southern Somalia.Despite its military setbacks and pressures from the famine, Al-Shabab remains a formidable and adaptive force and insurgents continue to control most of central and southern Somalia.

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Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District

Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group.
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Al Qaeda Tries a New Tactic in Somalia: Philanthropy

A food giveaway over the weekend to the famine-plagued people in Somalia raises a question: What kind of group is Al Qaeda these days?
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In Rare Rally, Somalis Protest Shabab

Thousands packed into a stadium to denounce the group for a suicide bombing last week that killed scores of people.
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