7 articles tagged "Al Shabaab"
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US SEALs Courted Failure in Somalia by Repeating 1993 Mogadishu Mistakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013

The US Seals team assigned with capturing al Shabaab’s Nairobi mastermind missed out by failing to learn the lessons of the US Mogadishu raid of 1993.

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Terrorist attack in Nairobi mall
Israeli commando force joins Kenyan military storming Nairobi mall seized by Islamist gunmen
DEBKAfile Special Report September 22, 2013

Israeli special forces joined the Kenyan military in storming the Westgate shopping mall, Sunday, Sept. 22, to break the standoff with a dozen Al Qaeda-linked Somali Al Shabaab gunmen barricaded there with hostages. The death toll from the terrorists' shooting-grenade attack Saturday has risen to 59 with 205 injured. Along with the hostages, an unknown number of injured or dead victims remains trapped in the building including foreigners. debkafile reported earlier that the AQAP-backed Somali terrorists singled out the mall to hit two targets – Kenya and Israel.

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US, France Caught Unready by Expanding Mali Conflict – First in Algeria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2013

The Algerian hostage disaster was the outcome of French anti-terror intervention in Mali which in turn developed from the messy ending of the Libyan war. By carrying out two counter terror operations – in Somali and Mali – on one day, France and the US brought together the most dangerous al Qaeda franchise for a common war front.

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The epic battle for Kismayo
Kenyan army’s outstanding victory over Al Qaeda’s Somali Shabaab. Israeli advisers helped
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2012

The Kenyan army has captured Somalia’s Indian Ocean port of Kismayo, driving Al Qaeda’s Somali franchise Al Shabaab from its last stronghold in a year-long ground, sea and air operation, aided by the US, France and Israel. Kismayo is key to controlling southern Somalia. DEBKA: It was the first time Israel’s military, police, intelligence and counterterrorism forces had taken part in an anti-al Qaeda offensive outside its borders. This outstanding success should also help block Iran’s push toward the Indian Ocean and East Africa.

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Kenya's Raila Odinga meets PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem
Israel to help build E. African coalition against fundamentalism and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 15, 2011

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga ended a visit to Israel this week with a promise from President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of help to establish a new alliance to combat the spread of fundamentalist Islam into the predominantly Christian African nations Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. Their combined populations total 138 million. Israel agreed to supply drones, fast naval boats and electronic surveillance equipment to help Kenya "rid its territory of Islamist elements" and counter Iranian expansion.

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Kenya's Secret Pact and Shared Plan with South Somali Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

The port of Kismayo is the key to controlling southern Somalia. Kenya's capture of both from the hands of the Islamist al Shabaab suits the plans of both Kenya's Defense minister and the ruler of southern Somali Jubaland. Members of the same clan, they signed a secret pact to collaborate for this objective. Hence, Operation Linda Nchi

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The Radicals Will Be Back after an Expedient Exit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

The extremist Somali rebel Al Shabaab exited Mogadishu to escape the famine, regroup after lost battles and asses its relations with al Qaeda. Some militia leaders urge reconciliation with Saudi Arabia; others stronger ties with al Qaeda's Yemeni leader Anwar al-Awlak. Either way, it is too soon for Mogadishu to celebrate.

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