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Are Kenya's Efforts to Prevent Another Terrorist Attack Helping or Hurting?

Nairobi’s widespread crackdown after the Garissa university massacre sparks concern that it will cause even more suffering.

Dispatch

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.

Argument

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.

Argument

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.

Report

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

Somali-Americans worry that U.S. efforts to cut the money stream to the African terrorist group could lead to mass starvation back home.

The Cable

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.

Report

State Department Not Alarmed by Shutdown of Money Flow to Somalia

State Department spokeswoman downplays role of remittances in Somali economy.

The Cable

Special Ops Staying Put in the Horn – For Now

No Pullout, Spokesmen Say, Despite General's Comments

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