Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Imminent" terror threat

CNN reports the U.S. government has issued a stern warning for Americans in Kenya -- be careful.
The U.S. Embassy in Kenya warned American citizens Saturday of an "imminent threat of terrorist attacks" after Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia to pursue suspected Islamic militants from Al-Shabaab.

"This is to inform U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Kenya that the U.S. Embassy in Kenya has received credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and night clubs," the embassy said in an emergency message.
Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua told CNN on Sunday about the advance into Somalia, which marks a dramatic shift in security tactics for the east African powerhouse.
Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al Qaeda and has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is fighting to impose its own interpretation of Islamic law, or sharia, on Somalia.
The Nation adds that Kenya's attempts to rein in Al-Shabaab is being met with strong support around the world. 
Nairobi has been courting world support as it goes after the often provocative terrorist group linked to al Qaeda that has consigned neighbouring Somalia into endless instability and a haven for piracy.
The diplomatic push, as well as the military incursion, has been fruitful as the world recognises the urgency to end the terrorist group’s grip on Somalia.
Key among the accomplishments was obtaining Somalia Transitional Federal Government’s (TFG) support that Kenya did when Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula and his Defence counterpart Yusuf Hajji visited Mogadishu last week.
Leading world nations have openly or covertly expressed support to the decision to send the Kenya Defence Forces into Somalia to flush out the terrorists and secure the country’s border.
Just days ago, TIME magazine suggested that Kenya's military actions in Somalia could have dangerous repercussions. Regardless, the Kenyan government believes it is doing the right thing.

For a primer on al-Shabaab, consider this report from The National Counterterrorism Center.

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