According to a UPI special report the French have shelled and conducted covert strikes inside Somalia. This is not really surprising but if added to the constant stream of updates flying out of Africa it helps paint a picture of the intensity of the semi-covert aspects of the conflict there. Given the rise in intensity it seems that any pretense of secrecy will likely fall away as the offensive against al-Shabaab heats up. This shadow war is coming out of the shadows.
This story is still developing. Most casualty reports are ranging from 1-2 killed and 8-12 injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but all eyes are on al-Shabaab. They’re obviously not happy with the Kenyan offensive which could be why these resent attacks are focused on the locals rather than congregations of expats or foreigners. As said in an earlier update, Africa is heating up.
- Syrian dissidents in US fear reprisals back home – http://t.co/CtiO4JYY #syria
- US military presence in #Asia to remain firm despite budget cut: Panetta – http://t.co/JjLKxiwZ
- At #OccupyDC #Egypt #039;s revolutionaries chide US policymakers – http://t.co/mYodgLlZ
- In #Russia a former oil tycoon writes of life in prison camp – http://t.co/9QlozpFN
- #Japan contractor hacking likely got #military data http://t.co/So5jMmWt
- http://t.co/KkKxAnVf – tracking #Kenya #Shabaab #Somalia #LRA #Uganda more
- Well, that didn't take long did it? – RT @smallwars NYT: Kenya Says Western Nations Have Joined Somalia Fight – http://t.co/QEEUPEby
- How Gaddafi's death plays in parts of #Africa – “Allah will bless him” foreign “oil diggers will be punished” – http://t.co/gSJoN06X
- EU threatens #Iran with new sanctions over nuclear drive – http://t.co/0OEjcXyg
- Fears #AlQaeda is behind attacks on Port of Aden – http://t.co/p2wsRnvQ
- Newspapers multiply as #Libya enjoys press freedom – http://t.co/tFeCSWuk
- U.S. Withdrawal Plans Draw Suspicion, Fear in #Iraq – http://t.co/P5s8qxrt
- The CyberWar Daily is out! http://t.co/FIqoCVVR ? Top stories today via @lsanger
- RT @yementribune #Yemen – Yemenis urge each others to keep an eye on sewer tunnels lest Saleh is hiding there
- The Blogs of War Watchlist is out! http://t.co/pya29086 ? Top stories today via @lawfareblog @yementribune @abubakrabdullah
- There is a Mustafa Abdul Jalil Monitor at http://t.co/XF75w2Du (under "People") streaming a lot of interesting reax | #Libya
- RT @blakehounshell Jalil says sharia will be the fundamental source of legislation in #Libya an "Islamic state"
- RT @lou_reuters Rebel base struck in south #Somalia #Kenya troops advance | Reuters http://t.co/99limHul via @reuters
Reports of an attack at or near the OTC bus station in Nairobi are streaming in via Twitter. Several injuries reported. This is a developing story. Updates will follow as details emerge.
The Department of Justice has proposed significant Freedom of Information Act rule revisions that have transparency advocates up in arms:
When a component applies an exclusion to exclude records from
the requirements of the FOIA pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(c), the component
utilizing the exclusion will respond to the request as if the excluded
records did not exist. This response should not differ in wording from
any other response given by the component.
So rather than vague denials, which can be issued today, the government will now be able to completely deny the existence of requested records. It’s worth noting that the proposed changes have not been enacted. With this on the radar of the open government and transparency advocates some sort of compromise is still possible.