September 8, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As we noted yesterday in Mombasa Kenya New Flashpoint For Muslim Aggression the Kenyan city of Mombasa, the country's largest, has been hit by a wave of Muslim on Christian violence recently. The pretext being used to fuel the aggression was the government's assassination of a major al-Shabaab terrorist, Aboud Rogo.
Rogo has a long jihadist history.
So far most of the attacks have targeted Christian churches:
A dispatch from McClatchy Newspapers, Kenya Church Attacks Latest Sign of Tension Between Christians and Muslims, states:
"...At least five churches, including the Salvation Army one in the poor Muslim district of Majengo, were attacked during heavy rioting, local religious leaders say. Other churches have been attacked with grenades in separate incidents over the past year..."
The last 24 hrs have seen the undertow of violence escalate into major riots accompanied by looting. The Kenyan government is taking a stern approach and over 40 rioters have so far been arrested, though keeping on top of the latest developments is difficult given the paucity of media coverage of African news.
The tenor of these attacks has markedly changed as the level of mayhem is increasing, with mob actions quickly morphing into more focused and coordinated attacks with a definite military flavor.
Military hardware, believed to have been provided by Somalia's al-Shabaab is starting to show up. Kenya has a sizable number of Somalis [making them a tenable fifth-column] within its borders and tensions between the two countries have been on the rise over the last year, with Kenya mounting cross-border attacks against suspected al-Shabaab strongholds. [Note, al-Shabaab is the Somali franchise of al-Qaeda]
As Reuters is reporting, Kenyan police seize over 150 bomb detonators from Nairobi house
"Kenyan police seized more than 150 detonators in Nairobi on Friday, highlighting the security risks the east African country faces ahead of an election next year because of its struggle with al Qaeda-linked militants in neighboring Somalia. Home to a large Somali population, Kenya has been hit by a wave of grenade attacks after its troops crossed into Somalia last year to crush al Shabaab Islamists it blamed for kidnappings and bomb attacks on its own soil..."The pattern of jihadist violence which seems to slowly be engulfing Mombasa is indicative of the deadly serious nature of the renewed al-Qaeda push in Africa. The strategic goal here, aside from simply gaining greater control over African real estate, is creating a radical Islamic crescent of influence extending from North Africa [Libya & Egypt] through Somalia and Kenya in East Africa.
If this plan is permitted to solidify, Saudi Arabia, not so far to the North, could become imperiled by the Islamist foward base of operations in Africa.
Evidence of the effort to topple Kenya is demonstrated by the close cooperation now being shown between Africa's various jihadist entities, especially the "big three," al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab.
A UK Guardian filing, Africa's Islamist militants 'co-ordinate efforts in threat to continent's security'Head of US Africa Command says Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and al-Qaida in north Africa sharing money, explosives and training, states:
"...General Carter Ham, head of the US military's Africa Command, said there were signs that Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabaab in Somalia and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb were sharing money and explosive materials and training fighters together. Each of those three organisations is by itself a dangerous and worrisome threat. What really concerns me is the indications that the three organisations are seeking to co-ordinate and synchronise their efforts – in other words, to establish a co-operative effort amongst the three most violent organisations … And I think that's a real problem for us and for African security in general..."
Though the import of this developing alliance between Africa's jihadist forces should prove troubling to this WH, there has been little evidence that the president is paying attention.
On these developments, State has essentially been mum.