Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Samantha Lewthwaite: 'the white widow' linked to Nairobi attack

 Obama, Kerry, Al Qaeda, and Al Shabaab: One big happy family


 The attack by a cadre of Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen on the Israeli-owned Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has focused attention, once again, on American and British links to Muslim terrorist groups, from Al Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists fighting the Bashar al Assad government in Syria to the Somali government of Hussein Sheik Mohamed, a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer in a country where Al Shabaab has its political and religious roots…


Witnesses talk of British woman leading Kenya massacre but UK officials urge caution over apparent involvement of 7/7 bomber's wife


Thomas C. Mountain, an independent journalist based in Eritrea, discusses the history of al-Shabaab and the context of the Nairobi mall siege; why al-Shabaab has become a mercenary army; Kenya’s blowback from repeated military incursions in Somalia; the Saudi royal family’s financial backing for Wahhabi groups including al-Shabaab; and the lack of news on mass starvation and refugees in the Horn of Africa.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gates: US war on Syria like 'throwing gasoline on fire in Middle East'

Gates: US war on Syria like 'throwing gasoline on fire in Middle East'

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says a US military strike against Syria would be like "throwing gasoline on an extremely complex fire in the Middle East."

Gates, who was speaking at a forum in Dallas on Tuesday, also hinted that Washington’s past military interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya showed that military action can lead to unintended consequences.