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October 7th, 2013
07:19 PM ET

Twin U.S. raids against terror suspects

New details are emerging on the two Navy SEAL raids that targeted terrorists in Somalia and Libya this past weekend. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports on the changing American counterterrorism strategy and how successful these raids were.


Filed under: Jim Sciutto • Libya • Navy SEALs • Somalia
September 24th, 2013
07:35 PM ET

How terror group recruits in the U.S.

More than 40 Somali Americans have been recruited by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab, according to a Congressional hearing in 2011. The problem dates back to as early as 2008, and at least three young American men are believed to have carried out suicide bombings in Somalia over the last couple of years. Although Somali American communities like Minneapolis's are "100% against terror," analysts say there is a trend of young men fighting for the organization overseas.

But why? Who would give up a comfortable life in America to fight a jihad thousands of miles away in eastern Africa? CNN's Brian Todd explores how Al-Shabaab has successfully recruited so many young men.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Brian Todd • Nairobi Mall Shooting • Somalia
September 23rd, 2013
08:15 PM ET

From Minneapolis to Mogadishu

Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group claiming responsibility for Saturday's attack on a mall in Nairobi, is based in Somalia. But the organization has a history of trying to recruit in the West, and some alleged that two or three Americans were among the gunmen in this weekend's assault.

Brian Todd reports from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a major recruiting ground for the group, on how they have been so successful in recruiting young Somali American men.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Brian Todd • Kenya • Nairobi Mall Shooting • Somalia
January 25th, 2012
09:13 PM ET

Celebrating rescue of Somalia aid worker

CNN's Brian Todd interviews family and friends of rescued aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

RELATED STORY: Rescued aid worker passionate about Africa, college president says

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Navy SEALs • Somalia
January 25th, 2012
06:23 PM ET

Daring mission saves aid workers

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the U.S. Navy SEAL mission that rescued aid workers in Somalia.

RELATED VIDEO: Animation depicts Somalia rescue

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Filed under: Chris Lawrence • Navy SEALs • Somalia
August 8th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Starved and desperate for aid in Somalia

CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses Somalia's devastating famine resulting from its worst drought in decades.

RELATED STORY: Cooper: 'This famine was preventable'


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Somalia