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Sep 23, 2013

U.S. examines Kenya information about foreigners in mall attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are urgently looking into information given by the Kenyan government that foreigners were among armed militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall over the weekend, killing at least 62 people, U.S. security sources said.

Kenyan security forces are still continuing an operation to secure the Westgate Mall and free any remaining hostages, meaning conclusive evidence proving the involvement of foreigners is not yet available.

Sep 22, 2013

Analysis: Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

By Ilaina Jonas and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.

Sep 22, 2013

Nairobi attack may trigger tighter security at malls worldwide

Sept 22 (Reuters) – The deadly attack on a high-end Nairobi
shopping mall on Saturday put the safety of malls around the
world into the spotlight and could trigger moves to improve
security and make it more visible.

“They’re obviously going to ramp up security,” said Malachy
Kavanagh, a spokesman for the International Council of Shopping
Centers, a U.S.-based trade group of mall and shopping center
owners, adding that he expected the U.S. government’s Department
of Homeland Security to reach out to the heads of corporate
security for all American malls following the events in Kenya.

Sep 18, 2013

U.S. lawmakers question Navy Yard shooting suspect’s security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are calling for a review into how the suspected shooter in Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

Aaron Alexis, 34, received a security clearance more than five years ago and it helped him obtain his most recent job as a technology contractor at the Navy Yard, where he allegedly killed 12 people before being shot dead by police.

Sep 18, 2013

Lawmakers question Navy Yard shooting suspect’s security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers are calling for a review into how the suspected shooter in Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard received and maintained a security clearance, despite a history of violent episodes.

Aaron Alexis, 34, received a security clearance more than five years ago and it helped him obtain his most recent job as a technology contractor at the Navy Yard, where he allegedly killed 12 people before being shot dead by police.

Sep 17, 2013

Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington authorities questioned on Tuesday how a U.S. military veteran with a history of violence and mental problems could have gotten clearance to enter a Navy base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.

The suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, entered Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning and opened fire, spreading panic at the base just a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House.

Sep 16, 2013

Gunman opens fire at Navy Yard in Washington D.C., 13 dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 34-year-old gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday in a shooting that left 13 people dead at the busy military installation not far from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, officials said.

The suspect, identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, was among the dead and authorities said they were searching for another possible gunman wearing military-style clothing.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. total of Syrian gas deaths could include bomb casualties – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the most precise and dramatic details cited by the Obama administration as proof that Syrian forces used chemical weapons in an August 21 attack was the death toll, which an official U.S. government assessment put at 1,429 people, including 426 children.

The number, first released by the White House on August 30, was underscored by Secretary of State John Kerry in a fiery indictment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing videos of what he said were victims of the attack, which Syria denies.

Sep 12, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. total of Syrian gas deaths could include bomb casualties – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the most precise and dramatic details cited by the Obama administration as proof that Syrian forces used chemical weapons in an August 21 attack was the death toll, which an official U.S. government assessment put at 1,429 people, including 426 children.

The number, first released by the White House on August 30, was underscored by Secretary of State John Kerry in a fiery indictment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing videos of what he said were victims of the attack, which Syria denies.

Sep 7, 2013

Direct link between Assad and gas attack elusive for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the United States threatening to attack Syria, U.S. and allied intelligence services are still trying to work out who ordered the poison gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods near Damascus.

No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.