Analysis: Kenya Attack a Shift for Somali Rebels?

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured dozens, including Americans.

Republican lawmakers Sunday said the attack showed al-Qaida is growing in size and strength, belying the Obama administration’s claims that it has grown weaker.

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Merkel Factor Boosts Party’s Result in German Vote

Frank Jordans, The Associated Press
Special to In Homeland Security

BERLIN (AP) — The strong performance by Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Sunday’s German election was not only a victory for her Christian Democratic Union but also vindication of her strategy of transforming a party long dominated by Roman Catholic men.

During her eight years as chancellor, Merkel re-invented her party — much as Bill Clinton did with America’s Democrats.

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Terror Group Says Mainer Among Kenya Attackers

J. Craig Anderson and Kevin Millier, Portland Press Herald, Maine
Special to In Homeland Security

A Somali terrorist group claiming responsibility for Saturday’s deadly attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has reported that one of the attackers is from Maine.

The report came from the now-suspended Twitter feed of al-Shabab that listed a dozen individuals the group claims were involved in the Westgate Mall attack, which killed at least 68 people.

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In Syria, War Weary Assad May Call Truce With Rebels

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The war that Bashar al-Assad and his government started, beginning as a tightening crackdown amidst growing resistance over two and half years has decimated the country, causing $100 billion dollars in loss of production, not including the over 100,000 deaths, and six million without homes and the much damaged buildings and infrastructure.

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Smiling Saudi Princess Set Free From Charges of Slavery

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In California, Saudi Arabian Princess Meshael Alayban was charged by local prosecutors in July for slavery- forcing her Kenyan maid to work less for $220, instead of $1,600 per month in the two-year worker’s contract. She also claimed she worked 16 hours per day and not eight and that Princess Alayban took her passport away from her, leaving her trapped and dependent.

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