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Why we did it

The Kenyan women and girls who joined Al-Shabaab | FATHIMA AZMIYA BADURDEEN | The direct involvement of women and girls in terrorism has attracted increased interest as the nature of recruitment tactics has evolved. In Kenya, their involvement in terrorist networks, such as the Al-Shabaab, is an emerging trend. The …

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East Africa’s terrorism hotspots

An expert examines the roots and solutions Uganda has had a string of terror attacks lately. The most recent bombings took place in Kampala’s central business district and were claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Tensions have been increasing across the border too, in Kenya. The government has instructed …

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Terrorists gang up against Museveni

ADF, Islamic State, al-Shabaab working together COVER STORY | THE INDEPENDENT | The recent terror attacks in Kampala point to a change in tactics by the DR Congo-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and deeper Jihadi coordination with the Islamic State and al-Shabaab of Somalia. They apparently share training and technology …

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Somalia’s death knell of democracy

How a toxic political and security order backed by the AU is destroying the glorious past of Africa’s first democrats COMMENT | ABDI ISAMIL SAMATAR | By the mid-1990s, it was clear to the world that Somalia had become Africa’s first failed post-colonial state. But this vast country of just …

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Newly deployed UPDF soldiers in Somalia tasked to secure supply routes

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The newly deployed Uganda People’s Defence Force-UPDF soldiers in Somalia have been tasked to secure supply routes. More than 1,600 UPDF soldiers were recently deployed in Somalia under battle group 31 to replace their colleagues who completed their one-year tour of duty on African Union …

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Kenya demands probe as plane crash kills 6 over Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s foreign ministry Tuesday called for a swift investigation after a humanitarian plane helping the fight against coronavirus crashed in Somalia in “unclear” circumstances, killing all six people onboard. The Kenyan private cargo plane was undertaking a humanitarian mission related to the pandemic when it crashed Monday afternoon in Bardale …

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Al-Shabaab warns of more attacks against Kenya, US interests

  Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab on Wednesday warned Kenya “will never be safe”, threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on US interests after they stormed an American base at the weekend. The Al-Qaeda linked group said its attack on Camp Simba, in which three Americans …

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Somalia’s Shabaab ends bloody decade resurgent and unbowed

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | In the past decade, Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab has lost territory, suffered defections and faced mounting US air strikes, but analysts say the group is as strong a threat as ever, flourishing under the country’s weak government. Despite years of costly efforts to combat the group, …

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