LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – The possibility that a killing
rampage by a French gunman was a solo campaign will inject fresh
urgency into Western efforts to detect “self-starter” or “lone
wolf” terrorists before they strike.
The tactic Al Qaeda calls “individual jihad” — low-tech
attacks by untrained sympathisers acting largely or completely
on their own — may seem a sign of weakness in an organisation
that mounted the team-based raids of Sept 11, 2001.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – An influential American fighter for Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels, who has in the past urged Western-backed Muslims to join the group, has dismayed radical Islamists by saying his life is under threat from fellow guerrillas due to internal disputes.
Experts on Somalia said the video by Omar Hammami suggested splits over ideology and strategy were weakening al Shabaab, which joined al Qaeda in February and is fighting to topple Somalia’s weak interim government.
LONDON (Reuters) – As veteran mediator Kofi Annan prepares to visit Damascus to try to rein in Syria’s turmoil, he could be forgiven for thinking his time would be far more usefully spent in Moscow, the Arab state’s old strategic ally.
Analysts say Russia is the one outside power that could determine whether the March 10 mission by the joint UN-Arab League special envoy prevents a fragmented global response from degenerating into a violent scramble for regional supremacy.
LONDON (Reuters) – Weakened on the battlefield, Somalia’s al Shabaab militants may yet survive, and even prosper from, a reinvigorated Western and African push to rebuild arguably the world’s most deeply war-damaged nation.
But if there is a future for the radical Islamists, it won’t be thanks to the merger they announced on February 9 with al Qaeda, the militant network in disarray a decade on from the September 11 attacks following a remorseless U.S. counter-terrorism campaign.
LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The breakaway enclave of
Somaliland, which boasts oil and gas potential, has set up a
UK-linked corporation to act as an entry point for investors
concerned the Somali territory’s lack of international
recognition would stop contracts being enforced.
On a visit to London to attend a conference on Somalia,
President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo told Reuters that the purpose of
the Somaliland Development Corporation was to “to attract
companies and institutions which want to invest in our country.”
LONDON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday threatened sanctions on anyone blocking reforms intended to end Somalia’s “hopeless, bloody conflict” and counter militant and pirate groups seen as a growing menace to world security.
Addressing a conference aimed at energizing attempts to end more than 20 years of anarchy, Clinton also demanded greater efforts to cut funding for al Shabaab militants fighting Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG).
LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday threatened sanctions against anyone blocking reforms intended to end Somalia’s “hopeless, bloody conflict” and eradicate militant and pirate groups seen as a growing menace to world security.
Addressing a conference aimed at energising attempts to end more than 20 years of anarchy, Clinton also demanded greater efforts to cut financial support for the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group fighting the country’s weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG).
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that a failure to end Somalia’s chaos will endanger international security, and the time is right for the outside world to help the failed state get back on its feet.
Opening a conference on ending two decades of anarchy in Somalia, Cameron said outside engagement in the country had been half-hearted because few people believed foreign powers could do anything to make a difference.
LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – African, Arab and Western
nations worried by Somalia’s turmoil meet on Thursday to
coordinate efforts against militants and pirates seen as growing
threats to global security and ramp up measures to end famine
and clan violence.
Sceptics say the London conference of 40 countries including
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon risks producing fine words but no
action: They point to ineffective similar gatherings in the past
20 years involving a corrupt Somali elite skilled in extracting
support from Western aid bureaucrats and foreign peacekeepers.
MUNICH/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may be seeking a “controlled demolition” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule to save its sole major foothold in the Arab world against Western rivals when its foreign minister and spy chief hold rare talks in Damascus this week.
Moscow announced the high-stakes mission hours on Saturday hours before Russia and China, in a move that outraged much of the world and Syria’s opposition, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution meant to halt Assad’s bloody crackdown on a popular revolt by backing an Arab League plan urging him to step down.