• May 5, 2017  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Labor Department reported that employers added a net of 211,000 jobs in April, up sharply from March, and dropping the unemployment rate to 4.4, a nearly 10-year low. Also, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a raid on the Islamist militant group al-Shabab in Somalia. Continue reading

  • April 10, 2016  

    Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia responsible for a shopping mall attack in Kenya that killed 67 in 2013, is enlisting more recruits from Kenya than any other country. In the second part of the NewsHour series “Inside Kenya,” young men talk about why they joined. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. special forces captured the Islamic State group’s chemical weapons chief in a raid in northern Iraq last month, while recent follow-up airstrikes destroyed IS chemical facilities. Also, U.S. and Somali forces are reported to have killed 10 Al-Shabaab militants in a joint overnight raid west of Mogadishu. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2016   BY  

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says a U.S. drone strike on Saturday struck a training camp for al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia who were preparing to launch a large-scale attack, likely against African or U.S. personnel. Continue reading

  • April 2, 2015  

    Gunmen stormed Garissa University College in Kenya at dawn, firing at random and killing a total of 147. Survivors said Christians were targeted, some taken as hostages and others murdered on the spot. The day-long siege finally ended when security forces killed the attackers and freed the remaining captives. Somali-based Islamic militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • April 2, 2015  

    Al-Shabab, a Somali-based terror group, claimed responsibility for today’s siege on a Kenyan university. The militants began cross-border strikes after Kenya sent its military into Somalia four years ago. Gwen Ifill talks to Kenneth Menkhaus of Davidson College about the group’s motivations for attacking Kenya. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, al-Shabaab militants carried out a mass killing of non-muslims in Kenya, leaving 36 dead. The attack was in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia. Also, a major cable failure in downtown Detroit caused 100 buildings to lose power for much of the day. Continue reading

  • September 5, 2014  

    In our News Wrap Friday, the Pentagon confirmed the death of the leader of the African terror group, Al Shabaab. Also, flash floods and landslides have killed at least 116 in eastern Pakistan and Kashmir. And the third American aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia is in stable condition in Nebraska. Continue reading

  • August 11, 2014  

    Somalia has been plagued by war, corruption and terrorism, but its leader says he wants to change its course. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud joins Judy Woodruff to discuss last week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, infiltration of al-Shabab militants into government, the media and beyond, as well as serious concerns that the president hasn’t achieved the stability his country has sought. Continue reading

  • August 11, 2014  

    The election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in 2012 was a turning point for Somalia after decades of chaos, violence and poverty. Within months, the U.S. announced it would recognize Somalia for the first time since 1991. But recently al-Shabab militants have ramped up attacks, including a recent assault on the parliament building. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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