Al Shabaab

  • The Westgate Attack Shows How Desperate al-Shabaab Have Become

    With the militant group panicking and in disarray, they’re ready to lash out regardless of the consequences. Not content with stoning adulterous women, recruiting child soldiers, and taking young girls as "wives," al-Shabaab wants to set up an Islamic...

  • Somali Jihadists' Growing Pains Are a Pain for Everyone

    Al-Shabaab's Expansion Outside of Somalia Is Bad News

  • Meet the Lawyer Representing Osama bin Laden's Son-in-Law

    The term "polarizing figure" has become a lazy way to describe politicians, pundits, and media figures for essentially being very loud about mostly superficial things. But there are still a number of people around who fit the definition perfectly...

  • Rapping for Peace in Somalia

    I tagged along on the last leg of the Somali Sunrise Tour for Peace, a concert series that has taken Waayaha Cusub around the US and Kenya to perform for Somali refugees. They are Somalia's most popular band and they aim to help heal the wounds opened...

  • Can Britain Handle the Rapes, Killings, and Clans in Somalia?

    There's a big meeting in London tomorrow to talk about all of Somalia's problems. Officials from the UN, the African Union, the IMF, and 50 countries will be there to impart their wisdom/spout platitudes in a bid to help Somalia rebuild itself after...

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