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Somalia is Too Dangerous for Kerry to Even Leave the Airport

Secretary of State John Kerry made a historic trip to Somalia, but Mogadishu is so dangerous he was confined to the airport.

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For Military Operations From Somalia to Saudi Arabia, Hope Is a 4-Letter Word

The Saudi military intervention in Yemen shares a name with the failed U.S. mission to Somalia.

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Somali Expats in Nairobi Are Caught Between al Shabab and a Heavyhanded, Brutal Police Force

In the wake of the Garissa University attack, Somali expats in one Nairobi neighborhood are caught between an increasingly indiscriminate al Shabab and a heavy-handed, brutal police force.

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From Westgate to Garissa, al-Shabab’s Murderous Wave

The Somalia-based terrorist group's attacks in Kenya are ramping up in frequency -- and show no signs of letting up soon.

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Al-Shabab Crosses the Rubicon

With its horrific attack on a Kenyan university, the Somali militant group has given up all pretense of governing — and has joined the depths of global jihadi depravity.

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Al-Shabab Threat Against Mall of America Could Be a Call to Action

Al-Shabab might lack the operational capability to attack the Mall of America. But the threat could be a call to arms to Minnesota's Somali-American population.

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