Kibiti Killers Could Be Budding Terrorists

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The government has made it abundantly clear that no stone will be left unturned in the quest to uncover and apprehend the heinous killers who are mainly targeting members of the Police Force in Kibiti and Mkuranga districts in Coast Region.

The killers, who strike at random, have so far remained silent on their motives. Not many people know who they are and what they want. What baffles the nation is why they largely target armed police officers and steal their official standard supply assault guns.

The cut-throats, who are believed to be carrying out their nefarious activities from a base in the city of Dar es Salaam, or from a hideout deep in the bush, also kill innocent people who are not connected to the Police Force.

This, indeed, smacks of terrorism. A terrorist group could be sprouting. Ruthless killers such as Boko Haram in Nigeria; the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda; Al Shabaab in Somalia and the late Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda took off in similar fashion.

So, the killers at Kibiti are now busy collecting military style guns and stashing them away in arsenals possibly in the bush. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said that the killers, who seem to have military skills will, certainly, be apprehended and prosecuted.

Yes, this is the best way to go. However, what the Police Force and other security agents should do is mobilise Good Samaritans to show them where these heartless morals are located and, if possible, where they hide their arms.

It is apparent that these killers lack all the good senses of a kind heart and the normal faculties of what makes a normal mind. A normal human being in the moral sense must possess all the characteristic feelings of regret, remorse, fear, anxiety and guilt.

These criminals are different. The motive behind their revolting forays must be unearthed. This social evil is likely to become an incurable cancer as the situation is in Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia and other parts of the world.

These hoodlums also steal property. It is imperative to mention here that this nation is also worried by the presence of robbers who appear to have smart military style weapons in their possession.

This current crop of armed robbers is, to say the least, ruthless, merciless, and evil. Before these times, these evil forces carried out their nefarious and diabolical activities at night. But now they strike even in broad daylight.

Then, like most incidents in Kibiti, they disappear riding on motor bikes devilmay-care style, after seemingly easy stinks. What shocks this nation is what appears to be a large number of illegal firearms in highly dangerous hands.

These include AK47s, machineguns and high velocity pistols. Some of the guns have been stolen from military armouries in neighbouring countries.

Source: All Africa

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Al-Shabaab terror group turn against each other after leader quits

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Terror group al-Shabaab is facing a major crisis that could lead to war among the group members. This is after its feared leader Abu Mansoor deserted the group with his fighters said to be nearly a thousand strong. TUKO.co.ke has learnt that the terror group has sent its fighters to hunt and kill Abu Mansoor.
Abu Mansoor, had earlier been removed from the wanted list by the US government, a sign that he was turning against the militant group in favour of the American government. The US government had placed US$ 5 million bounty on Abu Mansoor. According to reports from Somalia, Abu Mansour’s fighters are camped in a mountainous area near Abal village. Al-Shabaab fighters are said to be heading to the camp with heavy fighting expected as both groups are heavily armed.
The desertion of Abu Mansoor is now expected to weaken the terror and hopefully signal its end as he controlled a large number of its fighters who are expected to join him.
Al-Shabaab emerged in 2006 from the now-defunct Islamic Courts Union, which once controlled Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu. The militant group launched its own insurgency on major Somali cities in 2009, taking control of Mogadishu and southern Somalia. In 2015, the militant group launched a deadly assault on Garissa University College.
Source: Tuko News

How radical Islamism helps in bringing back slavery

There are attacks in Mogadishu on ice cream eateries, cars running over people in London driven by knife wielding assailants, and IEDs targeting Kenyan police forces in the North Eastern region.

What these attacks have in common is that they are launched to advance an ambition to build a religious-political caliphate on this earth that would destroy all democracy, and bring all Muslims, Christians, Jews and all other faiths under the domination of a violent, fanatical Islamist vision. Already we have seen a slice of what this world would look like. The canings and beatings by al Shabaab of Somalis who watch football. No Premier League.

There has been the targeting of Christians, especially in the Middle East, who are forced to pay a tax and agree to be second-class citizens otherwise death is the option. In Iraq and Syria this has led to the decimation of Christian populations. Egyptian Coptic Christians have been murdered in their churches and had their throats slit on Libyan beaches.

In Kenya, buses have been stopped by al Shabaab and Christians dragged out and shot in the back of the head. For being Christian. Only Salah Farah, one of Kenya’s greatest heroes in our decades of independence, stood tall and refused, as a Muslim, to stand aside from his Christian countrymen. Churches have been attacked; the tragedy is seeing churches in parts of the Kenya needing police security on Sundays.

The slave markets have reopened in Libya and in the Middle East. Africans trying to migrate to Europe are being sold on slave blocks. ISIS is publishing rules about having sex with the slave, a Jihadist purchases. Kenyan women are lured into Somalia by al Shabaab where they are turned into sex slaves. Brutal rapes by gangs of men have become the way.

There is loud silence from the UN and the many gender — and sexual — violence focused NGOs. The politicians are quiet. Slavery is back. Or perhaps it never left if the stories of Kenyans brutalised as immigrant labour in the Middle East are any evidence. The slavery that lasted for hundreds of years in Kenya and East Africa is back.

The vision of the terrorists is also held by supporters who are “peaceful”. They only disagree on tactics. Some want the Caliphate now through violence (ISIS immediately, al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the near future) while others like Hizb ut Tahrir, which claims to be peaceful, and tries to operate under our constitutional freedoms, want it even further into the future. 

The terrorist attacks are just a tool. To divide the world. To terrorise Muslims into adopting the radical, fanatical salafism of the terrorists. To terrorise governments and civil society into making concessions to Islamism and reversing democracy, secular freedoms and the rule of law.

Last week, John Lenczowski, the President of the Institute of World Politics, testified to the US Senate on what must be done to defeat radical Islamism before it destroys democracies like Kenya. He said that attention should be paid to the “corrupt, dishonest, hypocritical leaders whose goal has been political power and/or personal wealth and not holiness”.

We should all note the cruelty of these groups and their totalitarian nature “including systematic violations of human rights, enforced conformity, thought and speech control, mistrust, atomisation, violence, fear, and lack of respect for the dignity of the human person.” We should condemn, in no uncertain terms, the “Jihadists return of slavery.

The Kenyan government should table a continental resolution, at the next African Union summit, to condemn, criminalise and challenge all forms of slavery and its new push by Islamists if Africans do not fight slavery, given our terrible history, then we are not fit to be free.

Al Shabaab, and others like it, have “active collaboration with criminal activity, including narcotics, kidnapping, human trafficking, and smuggling”.

Corruption is what enables these crimes in Kenya. Corruption, therefore, is helping terrorism. Perhaps it is time that corrupt government officers were charged with treason for crimes that aid the enemy who kills our children.

Lenczowski continued to note that the radical Islamists thrive on “economic privation, aggravated by lack of freedom to innovate, a culture of fatalism, and intellectual stasis”, and that they are pursuing a cause intended to gradually turn “non-Muslim majorities into minorities by extermination, conversion, persecution, traumatisation, and humiliation through militant Jihad and subsequent Islamist domination in a parasitical Caliphate (where the subservient condition of the non-Moslem is called ‘dhimmitude’)”.

Kenyans of all religions must wake up to the threat. It is not just bombs and bullets.

It is a radical vision that will enslave us all. Political and religious leaders, both Muslim and Christian, must rally together. They must issue fatwas and edicts against militant salafism, while noting that other forms of salafist worship are legitimate.

The government must do more to challenge the spread of this idea of the caliphate since we know it is intimately connected to terrorist violence and it is an assault on our freedom as Kenyans and Africans.

Charities promoting it, in any way, must not be allowed to operate in Kenya. We fought the totalitarian idea of British colonialism, based on the evil idea of White supremacy, and won; we must fight the totalitarian idea of militant Jihadism and militant Salafism and win to remain free.

Source: Media Max network

Gulf of Aden Security Review: A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.

Yemen: Zawahiri opens a nashid (chant) to followers through AQAP channels; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Najran city, Saudi Arabia; suspected AQAP gunmen assassinate Hadi government commander; Hadi government forces advance in Ma’rib governorate; protesters demand salary payments in Taiz city; Yemeni Prime Minister declares state of emergency; Hadi government forces kill an al Houthi-Saleh commander in Shabwah governorate, southern Yemen

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab emir Ahmed Umar releases list of goals for the group; al Shabaab militants attack Kenyan forces in Lamu County, Kenya; Puntland Security Forces raid al Shabaab stronghold in El Madow town, Bari region; female jihadist releases new issue of Swahili jihadist magazine for women

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda emir PERSONAyman al ZawahiriAl Qaeda leader Ayman Muhammad Rabaie al-Zawahiri was born o…Ayman al Zawahiri opened an Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) formed in January 2… al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)-released nashid (chant) on June 27. Zawahiri began the video by encouraging jihad and praising al Qaeda martyrs. AQAP is acting as a primary conduit for al Qaeda global propaganda.[1]

ORGANIZATIONal Houthi MovementThe al Houthis are the de facto ruling faction in Yemen’s ce…Al Houthi-Saleh forces launched artillery at Najran city, near the Saudi-Yemeni border on June 27. Saudi sources reported that the shelling wounded two civilians, while al Houthi-Saleh sources claimed that the attack killed several Saudi soldiers. Al Houthi-Saleh forces frequently carry out raids and artillery strikes on Najran region from Sa’ada governorate, northwestern Yemen.[2]

Suspected AQAP gunmen assassinated Yemeni Colonel Qasim Ahmed Ghazi and his assistant Zakaria Hussein Ghazi at al Qatn market in central Hadramawt governorate on June 28. AQAP last attacked President PERSONAbdu Rabbu Mansour HadiHe is the internationally recognized president of Yemen. Alt…Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi government-aligned forces in Hadramawt governorate on June 12.[3]

Forces aligned with the Hadi government gained ground in an offensive against al Houthi-Saleh forces in Sirwah district, Ma’rib governorate on June 28. Military sources reported that Yemeni government soldiers acquired control over most of Marthad mountain. This seven-kilometer mountain range is located between the two main roads leading to Sana’a city. The ongoing offensive in Sirwah is part of shaping operations for a future offensive on Sana’a.[4]  

Taiz-based militias protested over the Hadi government’s distribution of salaries on June 27. Protesters started fires in the streets of central Taiz city, demanding payment and the reinstatement of their names on the government payroll. The Hadi government has delayed many salary payments for nearly 10 months despite allegedly importing billions of Russian-printed riyals on June 1.[5]

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir declared a public health state of emergency in numerous southern governorates on June 27 in response to the growing cholera crisis. Bin Daghir raised states of emergency in Abyan, Aden, al Dhaleh, Lahij, and Shabwah governorates to enhance cholera reporting and treatment. UNICEF planes delivered 36 tons of medical supplies to Yemen on June 28. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up treatment centers, rehydration stations, and is subsidizing Yemeni health workers. The WHO reported 218,798 suspected cholera cases and 1,400 associated deaths in Yemen since late April.[6]

Popular resistance militias aligned with the Hadi government killed Abu Murad, an al Houthi-Saleh commander, in Usaylan district, northwest Shabwah governorate on June 28. Hadi government-aligned militias clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Usaylan district on a near daily basis. Usalayn district contains a strategic road that connects several governorates in central Yemen.[7]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

Al Shabaab emir Ahmad Umar (Abu Ubaidah) released a list of local and global objectives on June 26. Al Shabaab intends to unite the Muslim community (umma) under shari’ah law by creating a caliphate. The group also asserted it will counter global “crusader” attacks through jihad and continue to target Ethiopians, dictatorships, and secularist governments.[8]

Al Shabaab conducted an improvised explosive device (IED) attack targeting a Kenyan police vehicle in Lamu County, Kenya on June 27. The attack killed four police officers and four children. Al Shabaab also claimed responsibility for an unconfirmed ambush on Kenyan forces in Lamu County on June 27. The group claimed it killed 14 Kenyan soldiers in the attack on Lamu.  Al Shabaab also detonated an IED targeting Kenyan  forces in El Wak town along the Kenyan-Somali border on June

Puntland security forces launched an offensive targeting al Shabaab’s stronghold in El Madow town near Boosaaso, Bari region, northern Somalia on June 26. Puntland security forces reportedly killed approximately 12 al Shabaab militants in the raid. Al Shabaab controls territory in the Galgala mountains south of Boosaaso.[10]

A female jihadist named Umm Shanshi released the sixth copy of a Swahili jihadi magazine for women entitled “Al-Ghurabaa” on May 24. Umm Shanshi encouraged women to wear hijabs as a religious obligation in the magazine. Shanshi also advised women to teach their children to love jihad in order to raise the future generations of fighters.[11]

Source: http://www.criticalthreats.org

Trump travel ban: US sets out criteria for visa applicants

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The original ban in January provoked protests at US airports

The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a “close” family or business tie to the US. The new guidelines were issued in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling partially restoring President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. Those with valid visas will not be affected. New applicants will be subject to the new requirements from Thursday night. The move comes after the US Supreme Court partially restored an executive order issued by President Trump that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims. The new guidelines define a close relationship as a parent, spouse, child, son or daughter-in-law, or sibling. US holds off expanding laptop ban However, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in laws or extended family or grandchildren do not meet the criteria. The six countries named are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen

Source: BBC

ISIS Suicide Bomber ‘Accidentally Kills 12 Fellow Militants’ In Iraq

A member of the ISIS militant group accidentally killed himself and another 12 fellow militants when his suicide belt went off before a planned attack in Iraq.

Reports indicate that the militants were holing a small celebration to bid farewell to the aspiring suicide bomber before the planned attack in Diyala, eastern Iraq, when the militant’s belt exploded prematurely.

At least 12 terror operatives linked to ISIS died, police chief Jassem al-Saadi said in a statement, quoted by Iraqi News website.

Iraqi army recaptured eastern Mosul in January and is now fighting to retake control of the western part of the city. Troops are now retaking territories in Mosul’s Old City.

Source: Strategic Intelligence Service

Al-Shabab ‘hunting former commander’

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Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Mansur, pictured in 2008

Al-Shabab fighters are reportedly hunting for one of their former leaders, Sheikh Muqtar Robow Ali Abu Mansur, who had a $5m bounty removed by the US state department several days ago.

The armed group believes that Abu Mansur is planning to surrender to the federal government, which they oppose, and are searching for his hideout.

He is believed to be hiding in southwestern Somalia, the privately owned Jowhar news portal reported.

Abu Mansur was a former deputy leader of al-Shabab and also served as the organisation’s spokesman.

He had attended jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, former Somali officials said.

However disagreement emerged between him and other al-Shabab leaders some time ago and has since been in indirect talks with the government, Somalia’s former Defence Minister Abdihakim Fiqi said.

Source: BBC