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Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia Was 15-Year Vet, Track Star

Kyle Milliken was killed during a firefight Thursday in Somalia

(Newser) - The Department of Defense has identified the Navy SEAL killed Thursday in Somalia as 38-year-old Kyle Milliken, a senior chief special warfare operator from Maine, CBS News reports. According to NBC News , Milliken joined the Navy in 2002 and was a member of SEAL Team Six. He earned four Bronze... More »

Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia Raid

2 others hurt in battle with al-Shabab fighters

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL was killed and two other US service members were wounded in an attack on al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab in Somalia on Thursday, say US officials. US Africa Command says the casualties—including what is believed to be the first combat death of a US soldier in the country... More »

13 Killed in Massive Assault on Somalia Hotel

Attack involved twin bombs, team of fighters

(Newser) - Terror and mayhem returned to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday with an attack on a luxury hotel that involved a team of gunmen and at least two bombs. Police tell Reuters that at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, were killed when militants attacked Mogadishu's... More »

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Says It's Behind Plane Bomb

Al-Shabab claims the attack 'struck terror in the hearts of the crusaders'

(Newser) - The al Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab announced Saturday it was behind the suicide bomb that failed to bring down a passenger jet last week in Somalia, Reuters reports. On Feb. 2, one of the 74 passengers aboard a Daallo Airlines flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti detonated a bomb, putting a... More »

Trump on Jihadist Video: 'They Use Other People, Too'

'There's a problem' and we have to talk about it, he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has seen the al-Shabab recruitment video that uses footage of him , and as one might expect, he is neither impressed nor contrite. Speaking to CBS News in an interview recorded Friday, he says, "They use other people, too. What am I going to do? I have to... More »

Trump Features in Militant Recruitment Video

al-Shabab video is aimed at US audience

(Newser) - Donald Trump's call for a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US has made it into a jihadist recruitment video. The video released Friday by Somalian al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab focuses on racial issues in the US and features video of Trump's speech sandwiched between old clips of... More »

Muslims Save Christians in Kenya Bus Attack

They hid, disguised fellow passengers from al-Shabab

(Newser) - Al-Shabab militants attacked a bus in Kenya on Monday but were thwarted by Muslims who protected Christians on board. Officials say the militants stopped a bus carrying more than 100 people from Nairobi to Mandera, near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. Buses travel with police escorts because the route... More »

Survivor Found 2 Days After Massacre in Kenya

She was still in her hiding spot on campus; 5 arrests so far

(Newser) - It's one bit of good news after this week's massacre at a college in Kenya: A 19-year-old woman was found hiding in a cupboard this morning two days after the attack. Cynthia Cheroitich initially refused to come out even as rescuers pleaded with her, reports AP . "How... More »

Kenya Attackers Separated Christians From Muslims

Attack on college that left 147 dead seemed well-planned

(Newser) - The details of yesterday's slaughter of 147 people, mostly students, at a college in Kenya are coming together, and they suggest that the attack by al-Shabab militants was well-planned. For one thing, the gunmen first went to a Christian prayer service at a lecture hall to begin their killing.... More »

Homeland Security: Mall Threat Not Credible

Mall of America shoppers unfazed by warning

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security did some backtracking soon after its chief warned yesterday that Mall of America shoppers should be "particularly careful" after a terror threat. A department spokeswoman says that although the mall was named in a video released by Somali extremists al-Shabab, "we are not... More »

After Threat, Mall of America Shoppers Told to Be 'Careful'

Homeland Security urges caution after al-Shabab video referenced attack

(Newser) - The Mall of America has beefed up security and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is urging shoppers there to be "particularly careful" in the wake of a terror threat yesterday, reports CNN . "There will be enhanced security there, but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations... More »

Former DC-Area Cabbie on Terror Most-Wanted List

Suspect's brother is fighting no-fly list in court

(Newser) - Nobody knows a city as well as a taxi driver, which is why the FBI says it is very worried about the latest addition to its most-wanted terror list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, is a Somali-born US citizen who was driving a cab in Washington, DC's northern Virginia suburbs... More »

Kilns Recall 'Almost Criminal' US History

Utah's old charcoal kilns led to wide deforestation

(Newser) - In Utah's backcountry, you're liable to see wide stretches of open space populated by little more than old brick huts. Their purpose, once essential to the state's economic life, came to be considered "almost like a criminal activity," an expert tells the Deseret News . In... More »

US Unleashed 'Earthquake' Strike on al-Shabab

Target may have been Somali militants' 'spiritual leader'

(Newser) - The US says it carried out an operation against Islamic extremists in Somalia yesterday, but the military hasn't released other details of the strike on the al-Shabab network. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," a Pentagon... More »

Who Was American ISIS Fighter Douglas McCain?

Convert's background combed for clues

(Newser) - Douglas McAuthur McCain was just one of many Americans known to have traveled to Syria—but he is the first known to have died fighting for ISIS , and his background and social media profile are being combed for clues. The 33-year-old, who converted to Islam from Christianity a decade ago,... More »

US Has Secretly Had Troops in Somalia Since 2007

Deployment was hushed up for security reasons

(Newser) - The trainers the US sent to Somalia last fall weren't really the first American troops in the country since the 1993 Black Hawk Down debacle, officials have revealed. A deployment of around 120 troops on the ground has been in place in the country since 2007 to help fight... More »

Kenya Nabs Suspected Attack Ringleaders

Government insists al-Shabab wasn't to blame

(Newser) - Kenyan authorities say they've arrested several people in connection with the massacres that have hit coastal regions in recent days, including the suspected ringleaders and the owner and driver of one of the vehicles used in an attack, the BBC reports. Police also arrested someone suspected of operating social... More »

US Drone Strike Takes Out Somali Militant Commander

'Dangerous' al-Shabab leader killed by missile

(Newser) - A missile fired from an American drone killed a militant commander in Somalia, a military official tells Reuters . Another militant commander confirmed to the AP that the strike in a southern village had killed Sahal Iskudhuq—who is believed to be close to al-Shabab's top leader—as well as... More »

US Military in Somalia for First Time Since 'Black Hawk Down'

About 2 dozen trainers, advisers in Mogadishu: Washington Post

(Newser) - It may not qualify as "boots on the ground," but the Washington Post sees it as a milestone nonetheless. It reports that the US military has sent about two dozen "trainers and advisers" to Somalia to help the fight against the al-Shabab militia , marking the first return... More »

Inside the Mystery of World's 'Most Wanted Woman'

AP profile details what's known about the 'White Widow'

(Newser) - She's been called the "white widow," the most wanted woman in the world, yet she's eluded police for years, even while traveling Africa with four children in tow. In a profile of fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite, the AP explores the life of a white woman, born to... More »

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