Failure in family unity and society cohesion a driver of violent extremism

In most countries across Africa, terrorism has been blamed on governments’ failure to achieve inclusion of its citizens. Political instability, joblessness are also some of the alleged causes and motivations of youth joining terrorist groups.

With some traces of truth laced around it, it is unfortunate that identity thirst can hardly be cured by devolution or even financial inclusion. The urge to belong is a core human need to feel ownership of our self, take comfort in a unique identity, and feel a sense of belonging to a larger ‘something’.

Seeking identity is part of human living; the greed to acquire identity however has forced most young men and women into extremism, into craving for recognition and eventually gaining identity and belonging to a group of people whose silver lining is similar.

Family units and the society at large are responsible if not entirely for violent extremists. As young boys grow into men, they either get attached to a sport, a skill or even a profession. However, in informal residential areas as well as slums, bullies and rogue younglings make it almost mandatory for teenage boys to identify themselves with a gang or a rival group.

The desperate need to be recognised and respected by peers as well as evade harassment and mistreatment would be followed by rogue acts and deeds just to prove worth and eventually satisfy leaders of the militia groups. As a young mind and member of the society, seeking for identity becomes a top priority agenda in life. This evidently shows itself in today’s society as terrorists chase identity and attention by all means.

That if a bomb attack happened today, a terrorist group owns up and publishes video clips as militants beat their chests as the most dangerous and heartless outfit. Today, terrorist groups and militia across the world strive to beat each other at not only following but also the kind of attacks launched.

The inhumane behaviour motivated by absurdness traces back to formation of gangs and militia at young ages and the misled notion of life motivated by a dangerous seek of identity and recognition.







Al Shabaab Bomb-maker Arrested As Forces Kill Other Militants

Al Shabaab bomb maker has been arrested while assembling an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the outskirts of Kismayo.

The Militant was arrested alongside four other members of the militia group. During the arrest, the militants attempted escaping upon which the security forces launched an offensive killing two, forcing the rest to surrender.

The arrest occurred after residents tipped off the militants said to be operating mostly from indoors and seemed withdrawn from other residents. The members of the militia group are said to travel in turns and would leave the house during weird hours of the night.

Security Officials in Jubbaland state confiscated an assortment of weapons and documents among them three landmines, loaded pistol magazines, rounds of ammunition, two hand-held radios, fake identity cards and receipts.

Security agencies are in high alert as intelligence reports confirm Al Shabaab’s determination to launch sporadic attacks during this holy month of Ramadan. The forces have confirmed determination by members of the public in working with the government in the fight against Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab.

Iraqi Court Sentences Al Qaeda Militants To Death

An Iraqi court has sentenced two convicted Al-Qaeda members to death for involvement in terrorist attacks.

According to Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar, a spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council, one of the two individuals was convicted earlier for carrying out a 2011 car-bomb attack in central Baghdad.

That attack led to the death of 34 civilians and the injury of scores more.

According to Bayrakdar, the second individual to be sentenced to death was convicted earlier for involvement in a number of terrorist attacks.

Al-Qaeda enjoyed an active presence in Iraq in the period from 2005 to 2015.

Terrorism Exhibit Now Part Of American 82nd Airborne Division Museum

The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum has reopened its main gallery with new exhibits that cover the division’s operations against terrorism.

The Fayetteville Observer reports the main exhibit gallery was closed for nearly two years. The four-year, $2.8 million project was the first major renovation of the museum since 1994.

The renovations are complete just in time for the annual All American Week, which starts Monday. The week typically brings hundreds of veterans and thousands of visitors onto Fort Bragg.

The Global War on Terrorism exhibit includes weapons captured from Iraqi and Taliban forces, and Iraqi election ballots.

Museum director John Aarsen says other Army museums have it easy. He says few units are as involved in changing and making history as the 82nd Airborne Division.

The 82nd Airborne Division is an airborne infantry division of the United States Army, specializing in parachute assault operations into denied areas.

It is also a special Ops team that supports conventional Army operations or undertake missions of their own when conventional troops are stymied. The 82nd Airborne reports to the Army’s Forces Command.

Son In Search Of Job Makes Last Call From Al Shabaab Camp

A family is appealing for help to return son back home after he called to say he had joined the Al Shabaab.

Sarah Khalamwa from Mwambuli village in Lugari sub-county claims her 19-year-old son called last weekend to inform her that he had crossed over to Somalia and joined the militia group.

“I could not believe my ears when he told me that he had already signed a contract with the Al Shabaab, and that he would not be coming home anytime soon,” the mother of five told journalists at her home.

According to the woman, her son left home for Nairobi last February in search of a job. He later informed the family that he had landed a farmhand’s job in Westlands, Nairobi. “He would send me some cash for upkeep until he broke the news that he had joined the group,” she said.

The family has been making frantic efforts to reach their son in the last one week. Then he was not reachable again. “Now our calls are going unanswered,” said the mother. They now fear their son, who they describe as responsible and disciplined, may have been radicalised before recruitment.

Before calls to his phone went unanswered, his elder brothers had tried to talk him out of the idea of joining the terrorist group. The family now wants security agencies to help track down and return him back home. “We are worried about his safety. It is possible Al Shabaab might have taken advantage of his young age to lure him into joining the group,” she said.

The family is optimistic the Kenya Defence Forces currently deployed to fight the militants in Somalia can trace and return the youth home. “I have struggled to raise him, I hope the Government will hear me and come to my aid,” said his mother.


Five Most Wanted ISIS Commanders Captured In Complex Sting

Five ‘Most wanted’ ISIS commanders have been captured, including a top aide to Abu Bakr al-baghdadi the group’s leader. The militants were hunted down in a complex cross-border sting carried out by Iraqi and American intelligence.

The five include four Iraqis and one Syrian whose responsibilities included governing ISIS’ territory around Deir el-Zour, Syria, directing internal security and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings.

The three-month operation, which tracked a group of senior ISIS leaders who had been hiding in Syria and Turkey, represents a significant intelligence victory for the US-led coalition fighting the extremist.

An Iraqi intelligence unit responsible for undercover missions had tracked Ismail Alwaan al-Ithawi, an Iraqi known by the ‘nom de guerre’ Abu Zeid al-Iraqi, from Syria to the Turkish city of Sakarya, about 160km east of Istanbul.

Ithawi, described by the Iraqis as a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been living in Turkey according to officials

ISIS leader blows himself up to avoid arrest, killing tens other militants

Leader of ISIS cell in Russia has blown himself up with an Improvised explosive device (IEDs) to avoid being arrested by Russian law enforcement.

The ISIS leader also killed tens of militants in the hideout using the homemade bomb. Russian security forces however arrested three of his accomplices in the area following a raid against the group and are currently in custody.

The cell was being used as a station to plan bomb and gun attacks in Russia’s Rostov region but was identified and thwarted  before they could act, the Federal Security Service confirms.

The militia members are said to have been taking orders from Islamic State in Syria. Those detained are expected to cooperate with authorities in intelligence collection as charges get employed.