World News Reuters Tuesday December 31, Islamist group al Shabaab on Monday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 90 people over the weekend while Somalia said a foreign government that it did not identify helped plan the attack.
World News Reuters Sunday October 15, More than people were killed in near simultaneous bombings in the Somali capital and more than people were injured, officials said on Sunday, marking the most deadly such attack by Somalia's al Shabaab insurgency.
World News Reuters Friday January 27, The terror group al Shabaab said on Friday its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia on Thursday, a claim the Kenyan army denied.
A military prosecutor was shot dead by Al Shabaab terrorists in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia on Sunday, officials said. World News Reuters Monday November 28, A second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km 40 miles to fetch drinking water, aid agencies said on Monday, calling for rapid action to prevent renewed famine.
World News Reuters Saturday November 5, Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police said.
World News Reuters Saturday September 17, Somalia's Islamist terrorist group al Shabaab attacked a town in a region near Kenya's border, killing at least seven Somali soldiers, the group and Somali officials said.
The Kulbiyow attack uncovered
World News Reuters Friday August 26, Al Shabaab terrorists attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, with gunmen raiding the building after setting off a car bomb, police and the insurgent group said. World News Reuters Saturday August 6, World News Reuters Thursday June 2, A suicide car bomber crashed into a gate outside a hotel frequented by lawmakers in the centre of the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday and the attack was followed by gunfire, killing 15 people, police said.
A US air strike last week targeted a senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab in Somalia, but the Pentagon was still assessing the drone strike operation's results, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A suicide car bomber crashed his vehicle into a gate outside a hotel frequented by lawmakers in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and the attack was followed by gunfire, killing at least 10 people, police said.
World News Reuters Saturday April 9, A car bomb outside a restaurant in the Somali capital killed three people and wounded five on Saturday, an official said. World News Reuters Tuesday April 5, A US air strike last week killed a senior leader of the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab in Somalia, the Pentagon said on Monday. World News Reuters Tuesday March 8, The US military carried out a drone strike over the weekend targeting a training camp run by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab about miles north of capital Mogadishu over the weekend, killing more than fighters, the Pentagon said on Monday.
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Al Shabaab. All News Videos. Al Qaeda Ally Claims Responsibility For Somalia Blast That Killed 90 World News Reuters Tuesday December 31, Islamist group al Shabaab on Monday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed at least 90 people over the weekend while Somalia said a foreign government that it did not identify helped plan the attack. More Than People Killed In Somalia Bombing World News Reuters Sunday October 15, More than people were killed in near simultaneous bombings in the Somali capital and more than people were injured, officials said on Sunday, marking the most deadly such attack by Somalia's al Shabaab insurgency.
Thirsty Somalis Trek 40 Miles For Water As Drought And Conflict Bite World News Reuters Monday November 28, A second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km 40 miles to fetch drinking water, aid agencies said on Monday, calling for rapid action to prevent renewed famine.The following includes some additional material from The Nation and the NTV base tour, and further matches these sources against satellite imagery of the base, and Al-Kataib imagery.
The 27 January Al-Shabaab attack on a KDF base at Kulbiyow followed a familiar pattern for attacks on military bases in the region, in more ways than one.
Not only did the initially reported details of the attack seem all too familiar an early morning VBIED followed by a massed ground assault by militantsbut conflicting media reports, claims and denials in the aftermath of the attack, also followed a recognizable pattern.
These reports were supposedly corroborated to some extent by local media through witness reports, and described the KDF base as being overrun, with heavy casualties inflicted on KDF forces.
Incidentally, the Kulbiyow attack took place one year and a few days after a very similar attack on another KDF base, at el-Adde, further north in Somalia. There, Al-Shabaab fighters overran the base, inflciting heavy casualties.
As at Kulbiyow, the immediate response from KDF press relations, and the Kenyan Defence Ministry, was to issue denials of reports that heavy casualties had been suffered and a base overrun. In the days following the Kulbiyow attack, Al-Kataib, the media arm of al-Shabaab, released a set of images purportedly from the attack. The KDF and Kenyan Ministry of Defence doubled down on its counter-claims that reports of heavy KDF casualties were false, and that it was the militants who had in fact suffered a beating.
Girenge had been evacuated for gunshot wounds. In the same article, another soldier, who was also wounded and claimed to have played dead among his dead compatriots at a machine gun post, described seeing truckloads of dead Al-Shabaab militants being carried away. Digging into the specifics made available in the various accounts provide a wide range of overlapping details, several minor inconsistencies that could be chalked up to misinterpretation or minor confusion.
But the central points of disagreement are significant. Nevertheless, it does show militants within the perimeter of the base. That would run contrary to the main thrust of the narrative put forward by the KDF — that the attack was comprehensively defeated.
A starting point in this regard, was to locate the base itself. As it turns out, the key was to search for the town of Kolbio, on the Kenyan border. The base location — on the Kenyan border. Progress on the development of the base at Kulbiyow from through to December imagery of the base. Note the extended second perimeter fence, and large deadzone of cleared brush, and the half-moon of tents outside of the main perimeter.
In the aftermath of the attack, the KDF invited media to visit the base. During tour, video footage of the base was shot from the helicopter carrying The Nation press team. A half-moon shaped collection of structures can be seen here, which was visible in the satellite imagery.
The tour itself starts with possible explosions in the background from an unknown source — disturbed carrion birds fly off and plumes of dust or smoke are visible as the soldiers look around hurriedly. Leaf springs, described by Osano as intentionally stored in the vehicle to serve as extra shrapnel, are neatly piled in a hole.
The NTV special ends with an additional snippet of aerial imagery made available by the KDF — a short, sped-up video feed from a drone that purportedly observed the base on the day of the attack.The launch comes as U. It is narrated in English and formatted like a Western news program, complete with sophisticated graphics, an on-screen Al Kataib logo, and even a traditional stand-up with a jihadist fighter standing in front of a destroyed tank.
Al Shabab's message is that AU troops are Christian crusaders backed by the US and other Western powers that want to occupy Muslim Somalia, and given the format of the newscast, the target audience clearly extends beyond the Somali population. The growing sophistication of Al Shabab, and the growing presence of foreign fighters within the group's ranks, are a concern for the United States, Somalia and Africa Union officials. They warn that the recent suicide bomb attacks in Uganda are a sign that Al Shabab is growing closer with Al Qaeda and becoming a global terrorism threat.
Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the blasts, which killed 76 people in a crowd gathered to watch the World Cup final, saying they were retaliation for Uganda contributing peacekeepers to the African Union's Mission in Somalia, also known as AMISOM. The attacks were the first known suicide bombing s by the terror group outside of Somalia, a fact that has troubled Western and regional officials.
Intelligence reports obtained by ABC News show the leadership of the organization filled with established Al Qaeda figures from outside of Somalia, even the United States. Abu Mansur Al-Amiriki, a U. Mohammed, who was born in the Comoros and raised in Kenya, is on the FBI's most-wanted list for his role in the U. Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed more than people.
Along with a Saudi, a Pakistani, a Yemeni and few other foreigners, Mohammed and Amriki make up what is called the "Shura Council," a consultative body to the Somali Shabab leadership, according to African Union and Somali government officials. And their tactics of suicide bombings and remote-controlled ieds, are distinctively Al Qaeda - not Somali.
This is not something that is happening within Somali clans, maybe it started that way 10 or 20 years ago but the reality now is people are coming to create destruction in a country that's already destroyed," said Ahmed Abdisalam Xaji Adan, the Minister of National Security for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government.
The government is calling for more help from the international community and wants an increase of the 6, AMISOM troops already operating in Mogadishu, and fighting alongside government troops. At the AU summit held in Kampala, the body agreed to increase the mission by 2, troops. It also is considering strengthening AMISOM's mandate, allowing troops to fire first if they are facing imminent attack. But the additional responsibilities and expansion of the mission come at a time when AMISOM is being criticized for indiscriminate shelling in highly-populated civilian areas.
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly called on the mission to better protect the Somali population. The Associated Press recently published a report highlighting an internal African Union memo about concerns over civilian casualties, and said that the mission "continues to underestimate the importance of being seen to address this critical issue.
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AMISOM and Somali government officials deny the troops are careless about civilians and say the real issue is Al-Shabab attacking them from populated areas and using civilians as shields. Carson said the United States has had discussions with AMISOM and that it recognizes the need to improve the accuracy of their counter-batteries and intelligence.
Carson said that firing indiscriminately into civilian areas "not only creates casualties but turns the population against them.
That's what many Somalia experts say happened inwhen Ethiopia invaded the country to topple its last Islamist government. Thousands of civilians were killed, and Ethiopia was accused of committing human rights abuses against the population including torture, rape and murder. Al Shabab is deeply unpopular in the areas it rules, using brutal force to apply its version of sharia law. Music banned from radio stations, women beaten for wearing bras, people stoned to death for being accused of adultery are just some of the tactics the group uses to keep the population in line.
But, said Hogendoorn, "They are more organized than the government and have a more affective military. They have a coercive advantage. Shows Good Morning America.
World News Tonight.Share via:. Sincethe Somali militant group al-Shabab has recruited hundreds of foreign fighters. The large East African Muslim communities, particularly the growing number of alienated and disaffected youth, also provide al-Shabab with promising recruitment pools. Six of the foreign fighters were from East Africa, three from Kenya and the other three from Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Sudan.
The video was subtitled in both English and Swahili, suggesting that its target audiences are potential recruits from abroad. Kenyan authorities reportedly arrested Adam for his support of al-Shabab in October It was initially dedicated to highlighting the social and economic grievances of lower class Kenyan Muslim youth, who became disillusioned with what they perceived as anti-Muslim discrimination in the country.
His supporters accuse the Kenyan government of committing the murder, and violent protests broke out soon after his death. Shaykh Rogo was an open supporter of al-Shabab. Al-Shabab reportedly hosted Rogo for six months in Somalia prior to Rather, it began in and when the Kenyan military arrested Somali Islamists fleeing Somalia following the U.
He warned them that the United States is attempting to transform its war against Islam and Muslims into a war carried out by its proxies. The United States is also attempting, he said, to mask its war against Islam and Muslims through the manipulation of the news media.
To do this, the group continues to host events, issue publications, and maintain an active Twitter account and websites where it disseminates its written statements. Al-Kataib has produced its recent videos. The group has claimed credit for numerous attacks on Kenyan security forces and government targets in the country, some carried out in cooperation with al-Shabab.
The Kenyan government claimed that inconsistencies in the data were the reasons for the inaccuracy of the preliminary figures, which is why they were subsequently canceled. See ibid.Civilians paying a heavy price as al-Shabab punishes them and US drone attacks kill them, Somali politician says.
Somalia 19 Feb GMT.
At least 12 soldiers killed after al-Qaeda-linked group deploys a suicide bomber in a vehicle and dozens of fighters. Al-Shabab attacks on Kenyan schools have bred fear among teachers, parents and pupils.
Four killed in blast claimed by al-Shabab that apparently targeted Turkish engineers working on a road near Mogadishu. Kenya 15 Jan GMT. Survivors struggle to move past trauma of al-Shabab siege on hotel and office complex in Nairobi that killed 21 people. Africa 08 Jan GMT. Suspected al-Shabab fighters attacked a primary school in Garissa county near the border with Somalia. Kenya 06 Jan GMT. Africa 13 Dec GMT. Experts say the confluence of armed groups in the West African country is complicating humanitarian efforts.
Somalia 11 Dec GMT. Security officers initially mistook gunmen for police colleagues until they began shooting and throwing grenades.
Al-Shabaab releases new video on Kulbiyow attack
Kenya 07 Dec GMT. Seven police officers among the dead after gunmen attacked a bus in northeast Kenya, local media reported.
Africa 09 Nov GMT. US air raids targeting al-Shabab are killing a growing number of civilians, rights groups say. Africa 03 Oct GMT. Meeting to discuss security roadmap in the run-up to elections marred by two recent al-Shabab attacks.
Somalia 30 Sep GMT. Al-Shabab group claims responsibility for attack on US base in Baledogle while Italy confirms convoy hit by blast. Africa 20 Sep GMT. Somali government officials say this elite force is comprised of soldiers from almost all of Somalia's tribes and clans.
Kenya’s Muslim Youth Center and Al-Shabab’s East African Recruitment
Somalia 14 Aug GMT. Government-run base in Awdheegle, in Lower Shabelle region, hit by car bombs and gunfire. January 15 attack on Kenyan hotel complex by al-Shabab-linked gunmen killed 21 people and wounded many others. Toggle navigation. Al-Shabab News. Somalia A family mourns as US drone attacks in Somalia continue Civilians paying a heavy price as al-Shabab punishes them and US drone attacks kill them, Somali politician says.
Somalia Somali governor killed in al-Shabab suicide bomb attack.In the minute footage, the terrorist group claims to have killed more than Kenyan soldiers during the dawn raid on January The video shows a stockpile of military hardware, including vehicles, which the group claims to have seized from the KDF during the attack. It also shows a suicide bomber driving a vehicle loaded with explosives that go off at the entrance to the Kenyan camp. The video also shows forced interviews of Kenyan hostages — which are by far some of the most disturbing parts of the piece.
All of them admit the enemy overran the camp, with one of them appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw the troops from Somalia.If You Come to al Shabaab Your Sins Will Be Forgiven
Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe on Sunday said he could not comment on the video because he had not viewed it. The full analysis can be read here.
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In Augustthe Somali government-led Operation Indian Ocean was launched to clean up the remaining insurgent-held pockets in the countryside. The term Shabaab means "youth" in Arabic, and the group should not be confused with similarly named groups. Al-Shabaab's composition is multiethnic, with its leadership positions mainly occupied by Afghanistan - and Iraq -trained ethnic Somalis and foreigners.
They are also prone to infighting and shifting alliances. The group itself is likewise not entirely immune to local politics. Although al-Shabaab's leadership ultimately falls upon al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahirithe internal leadership is not fully clear, and with foreign fighters trickling out of the country, its structure is increasingly decentralized.
Ahmed Abdi Godane was publicly named as emir of al-Shabaab in December Although not formally announced, Shabaab was effectively split up into a "foreign legion," led by Godane, and a coalition of factions forming a "national legion" under Aweys. The latter group often refused to take orders from Godane and the two groups hardly talked to each other.
In FebruaryGodane made Bay'ahor an oath of allegiance, to al-Qaeda. With it, he likely hoped to reclaim and extend his authority and to encourage foreign fighters to stay. This move will further complicate the cooperation with the "national legion" of al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab is said to have many foreigners within its ranks, particularly at the leadership level.
Though Somali Islamists did not originally use suicide bombing tactics, the foreign elements of al-Shabaab have been blamed for several suicide bombings. Egypt has a longstanding policy of securing the Nile River flow by destabilizing Ethiopia.
Formerly a predominantly nationalist organization, al-Shabaab repositioned itself as a militant Islamist group that also attracted a large cadre of Western devotees. These American and foreign recruits played a dual role within the organization, serving as mercenaries and as a propaganda tool for radicalization and recruitment. These individuals, including Omar Hammamiappeared in propaganda videos posted in online forums to appeal to disaffected Muslim youth and inspire them to join the Islamist struggle.
Congress reported that such militant recruitment appeared to have halted. As oftheir number was estimated at between and militants, augmented by around 1, diasporan ethnic Somalis. Of the foreign members, Jonathan Evansthe former head of MI5addressing a London security conference in advised that "a significant number of UK residents" were training with al-Shabaab.
Linking this increased involvement with a reduction in Al Qaida activity in Pakistan's tribal areas, he also suggested that since Somalia, like Afghanistan, at the time had no effective central government, the presence of foreign fighters there could inspire terrorist incidents in the UK.
Of the ten people subject to control orders now Tpim orders inat least five are associated with al-Shabaab: pseudonymously CC, CE "a British citizen of Iranian origin, aged 28 in ", CF, and DD "a non-British citizen […] believed […] to have been associated with the funding and promotion of [terrorism-related activity] in East Africa.
Init was also reported that the group was attracting an increasing number of non-Somali recent converts from Kenyaa predominantly Christian country in the African Great Lakes region. Poverty has made them easier targets for the group's recruiting activities. The Kenyan insurgents can blend in with the general population of Kenya, and they are often harder to track by law enforcement. Foreigners from Afghanistan and Iraqas well as Afghan-trained Somalis, play an important role in the group's leadership ranks owing to their combat experience.