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Say goodbye to Kenya's 'nursery for terrorists'

NAIROBI — The Westgate Mall terror attack may be fading from global headlines, but the political effects of the deadly assault continue to reverberate across East Africa. Hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees are set to return home after Kenya and Somalia signed an agreement less than two months since a Somali terrorist group attacked the Nairobi shopping mall killing at least 67 people.

US Navy SEALs face a fight in Somalia

NAIROBI — In the pre-dawn witching hours of Saturday morning, a team of Navy SEALs swam ashore at Barawe, a seaside town 110 miles south of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Their mission was to snatch an Islamic militant called Ikrima from a two-story villa overlooking the sea. But the mission failed.

Who is Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane?

NAIROBI, Kenya — With the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Somalia’s Al Qaeda-aligned Al Shabaab militants have elevated themselves from dangerous national insurgency to transnational terrorist threat. The driving force behind the change is Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, aka Abu Zubeyr, who this year has led an internal purge and assumed total control of the organization.

With fresh Kenya attack, is Somalia's Al Qaeda affiliate stronger than ever?

NAIROBI — The brazen assault — which is the worst terrorist incident in Kenya since the 1998 US embassy bombing — suggests Al Shabaab is no longer on the back foot, and has raised questions about Kenya’s ability to defend itself against Islamist militants.

Chatter: Horror in Nairobi

Kenyan forces attempt to free the hostages still trapped inside a Nairobi mall with armed Islamist extremists, Angela Merkel wins a third term as Germany's chancellor — but not an outright majority, Pakistan's minorities protest after suicide bombers kill more than 80 Christians, and the key to getting good service, as per German psychologists.
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Kenyan forces attempt to free the hostages still trapped inside a Nairobi mall with armed Islamist extremists, Angela Merkel wins a third term as Germany's chancellor — but not an outright majority, Pakistan's minorities protest after suicide bombers kill more than 80 Christians, and the key to getting good service, as per German psychologists.
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African Union, Somali forces take control of Kismayo, key port city and last Al Shabaab stronghold

Major Emmanuel Chirchir, a Kenyan military spokesman, tweeted that once Kismayo's airport has been secured, it will be used for military landings.

Revenge attack on Somalis after deadly grenade blast in Nairobi church

Nairobi's police chief urged calm and warned residents that revenge attacks would not be tolerated.

Somalia: African Union troops to enter Kismayo after rebels flee

The power vacuum between the troops arrival and the militants withdrawal left room for chaos.

Somalia: Al Shabaab militants abandon Kismayo after African Union attack

Al Shabaab announced it was leaving Kismayo via its Twitter account.

New outbreak of violence in riot-hit Mombasa, Kenya

A heavy police presence quieted the stone-throwing youths that had rioted on Monday and Tuesday.
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