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The Shrinking Enemies List

General Ray Odierno appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become the Army's 38th top officer. In his...

Al-Qaeda's Nairobi Bomber: The Time He Got Away

Harun Fazul, the senior al-Qaeda operative killed in Somalia last week, could have been captured at the start of his terror career fully 13 years ago. He had...

American Hostage Deaths: A Case of Pirate Anxiety

When Somali pirates seized a 58-foot yacht with its crew of four Americans, security experts got ready for the sort of marathon hostage negotiations that often...

Kenyan Activist Becomes a Victim of Rendition

Kenya's anti-terror police have a habit of making Muslims disappear across borders. Al-Amin Kimathi has made it his job to try to stop them. In 2007, the Muslim...

Somali Militants Suspected in Kenya Blast

A grenade explosion at a bus depot in downtown Nairobi that killed three people is the work of Somali militants making good on their threat to ruin Christmas...

Can Somalia's Government Survive a PM Resignation?

When Somalia's President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed took office in January 2009, hopes were high that here, finally, was the man who might stand a chance of pulling his...

Could Al-Shabab Topple Somalia's Government?

Just a few months ago, the going story on al-Shabab, an Islamic insurgent group in Somalia, was that it could carry out well-coordinated, very deadly attacks,...

Somalia, Again

On the night of Sept. 21 last year, U.S. diplomatic staff in South Africa were telephoned at home and told not to go to work the next day. A State Department...

Suicide Bombing Marks a Grim New Turn for Somalia

The ceremony was meant to celebrate the graduation of 43 medical students from Benadir University, a school founded in 2002 to help replace the hundreds of...

Behind the Suicide Bombing in Somalia

Weeks of heavy fighting in Somalia took an even deadlier turn on Thursday when a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into the front of a hotel in the...

How Somalia's Fishermen Became Pirates

Amid the current media frenzy about Somali pirates, it's hard not to imagine them as characters in some dystopian Horn of Africa version of Waterworld. We see...

In Somalia, a Transitional President Is Out

The U.N. refugee agency released a small news item last week that went largely unnoticed: Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, destination for tens of thousands of...