U.S. embassy warns of imminent threat in Kenya

NAIROBI Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:29pm EDT

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Kenya warned of a threat to American citizens in the country after Nairobi launched a cross-border operation against Islamist militants in Somalia.

The embassy in a note to U.S. citizens living in or visiting Kenya said on Saturday that reprisal attacks could be directed at "prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and night clubs."

The statement said the embassy had taken measures to limit official U.S. government travel to Kenya.

Kenya launched its boldest incursion yet into its anarchic neighbor six days ago after a wave of kidnappings against foreigners that Nairobi has blamed on the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants.

The rebels have denied responsibility for the kidnappings and said Nairobi was using them as a pretext for an attack.

The rebels have warned Nairobi to withdraw from its southern strongholds or risk bringing the "flames of war" into Kenya.

(Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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ghenny wrote:
I guess this is what we get from now on. Jungle drums of imminent war to frighten the 99% in to letting the 1% keep their ill gotten gains.

Oct 22, 2011 6:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
It’s a small price to pay to implement the great scheme, the Clash of Civilizations ain’t no accident….


Oct 22, 2011 7:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
Whose “civilization” do you think you belong to? Who do you think I “belong to”?? A civilization is some sort of unified culture. Those are increasingly rare.

Why not divide Somalia among its neighbors and let each do what they want with the land and the people? Somalis cannot rule themselves, obviously. Just do not expect either American help, money or other support. Go get ‘em!

Oct 22, 2011 10:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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