Deadly Terrorist Attacks, But Do We Care?

Loud explosions rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 28th of October. There was not one but two car bombs going off in the center of the city, leaving at least 23 people dead and 30 wounded. These attacks are not the first instances of bombings in Mogadishu, where approximately 300 people were killed in terrorist attacks last month. So far the militant Al-Shabaab group has taken the responsibility for the most recent attacks, but there are no confirmations from the regional law enforcement. Al-...
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16 dead after militants attack Grand Bassam beach resort

On Sunday, six armed militants killed fourteen civilians and two soldiers in an attack on Grand Bassam, an Ivory Coast beach resort popular among Westerners and located only 25 miles from the capital, Abidjan.   According to a witness, the attackers were “heavily armed and wearing balaclavas” and “fired at guests at L’Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave.”  Photos posted by other witnesses on Twitter showed the assailants toting machine guns and a sign...
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The Strathmore University Drill Tragedy and Kenya’s Terrorism Problem

On Monday, November 30th, a Kenyan woman died after jumping from a top floor window in the face of a surprise terror drill at Strathmore University in Nairobi. Around 30 people were injured as several students jumped from windows on high elevations of buildings. The woman who died was named Esther Kidemba, and she was a staff member for the University. Kidemba died of “severe head injuries.” The terrorist attack simulation included loud noises, “gun shots,” and people pretending to be terrori...
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Yemen in Crisis: A New Middle East Proxy War?

On Sunday, September 21, Shiite Houthi rebels from the north of Yemen stormed the capital Sana’a, seizing government facilities and forcing a conciliatory ceasefire agreement from the Sunni central government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. To understand this conflict, it is critical to know who the Houthis are. They are followers of a branch of Islam known as Zaidism. The Zaidis ruled northern Yemen for nearly 1,000 years, with their reign coming to an end in 1962. The name “Houthi” ...
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The Future of Gaza

On Wednesday, the chief of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jebari, was assassinated in Gaza during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian territory. After the assassination, Israel continued its advance on Gaza, attacking from the air as well as from Israeli navy ships off the Gaza shoreline. Five other Palestinians were killed that day, including 2 children [1]. The image to the left shows an explosion in Gaza City, one of the most densely populated places in the world, from an Israeli airstrike. ...
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