Showing posts tagged as "Al Shabaab"

Showing posts tagged Al Shabaab

30 Sep
The Evolving Risks of Fragile States and International Terrorism | Brookings
Even as today’s headlines focus on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) and violent extremism in the Middle East, terrorist activities by Boko Haram in Nigeria, al Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and competing militias in Libya show the danger of allowing violent extremism to flourish in fragile states. Continued threats emerging from ungoverned spaces underline the need to address the relationship between weak states and international terrorism – a need that has grown significantly in the past three years. Of particular urgency is the need to focus on comprehensive responses including the most effective preventive measures to address extremism and instability before they lead to international terrorism.
On September 29, the Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) hosted the first public remarks in Washington by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the new president of the International Crisis Group and former undersecretary-general of the United Nations for peacekeeping. Guéhenno discussed the conditions in fragile states that provide fertile ground for conflict and for risks of international terrorism.
A discussion followed with World Bank Special Adviser Sarah Cliffe, a former assistant secretary-general of the U.N. and an expert on fragile states and conflict zones. Bruce Jones, deputy director of Foreign Policy at Brookings and director of the IOS project, moderated.
FULL DISCUSSION (Brookings)
Photo by International Crisis Group

The Evolving Risks of Fragile States and International Terrorism | Brookings

Even as today’s headlines focus on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) and violent extremism in the Middle East, terrorist activities by Boko Haram in Nigeria, al Shabaab in Somalia, the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and competing militias in Libya show the danger of allowing violent extremism to flourish in fragile states. Continued threats emerging from ungoverned spaces underline the need to address the relationship between weak states and international terrorism – a need that has grown significantly in the past three years. Of particular urgency is the need to focus on comprehensive responses including the most effective preventive measures to address extremism and instability before they lead to international terrorism.

On September 29, the Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) hosted the first public remarks in Washington by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the new president of the International Crisis Group and former undersecretary-general of the United Nations for peacekeeping. Guéhenno discussed the conditions in fragile states that provide fertile ground for conflict and for risks of international terrorism.

A discussion followed with World Bank Special Adviser Sarah Cliffe, a former assistant secretary-general of the U.N. and an expert on fragile states and conflict zones. Bruce Jones, deputy director of Foreign Policy at Brookings and director of the IOS project, moderated.

FULL DISCUSSION (Brookings)

Photo by International Crisis Group

23 Oct
Somali terrorists al-Shabaab threaten 7/7 style attack on UK | The Week 
SOMALI militants linked to al-Qaeda have threatened to inflict on the UK a terrorist attack worse than the London bombings of 7 July 2005 for extraditing the Islamist cleric Abu Hamza to the United States.
Al-Shabaab made the threats in a series of messages on Twitter, The Times reports.
One tweet threatened the biggest Islamist terrorist attack yet on Britain: “The nightmare that surreptitiously looms on British shores is bound to eclipse the horrors of 7/7 and 21/7 combined.”
Another read: “Britain will pay the heftiest price for its brazen role in the war against Islam and endless brutality against innocent Muslims.”
Al-Shabaab also said it would “go to every possible length to attain the freedom of imprisoned Muslim scholars”.
FULL ARTICLE (The Week)
Photo: C. G. P. Grey/Flickr

Somali terrorists al-Shabaab threaten 7/7 style attack on UK | The Week 

SOMALI militants linked to al-Qaeda have threatened to inflict on the UK a terrorist attack worse than the London bombings of 7 July 2005 for extraditing the Islamist cleric Abu Hamza to the United States.

Al-Shabaab made the threats in a series of messages on Twitter, The Times reports.

One tweet threatened the biggest Islamist terrorist attack yet on Britain: “The nightmare that surreptitiously looms on British shores is bound to eclipse the horrors of 7/7 and 21/7 combined.”

Another read: “Britain will pay the heftiest price for its brazen role in the war against Islam and endless brutality against innocent Muslims.”

Al-Shabaab also said it would “go to every possible length to attain the freedom of imprisoned Muslim scholars”.

FULL ARTICLE (The Week)

Photo: C. G. P. Grey/Flickr

21 Feb

Reuters Alertnet: Somalia talks should include dialogue with rebels, say experts

Katy Migiro

This June 2009 photo shows Somali refugees bringing their infants for supplemental food distribution at a clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres at Dagahaley camp in Dadaab in Kenya's northeastern province.. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Somalia’s famine may be over for now but, ahead of this week’s London Somalia Conference, some experts say the international community needs to pay more attention to opening dialogue with al Shabaab militants as a means to stabilise the war-ravaged state.

Years of anarchy since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, combined with frequent drought and rampant inflation, have turned Somalia into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Much of the fighting now is between government forces and gunmen loyal to hardline Islamist group al Shabaab.

“Al Shabaab became much more unpopular because of its poor handling of the famine and its refusal to acknowledge that there were serious food deficiencies in the areas that they controlled,” said EJ Hogendoorn, the International Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa project director.

Al Shabaab rebels have previously banned some U.N. and international aid agencies from working in Somalia. The rebels have blamed food aid for creating dependency.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters Alertnet)