Detailed Assessment of Al Shabaab's attacks on Makkah Al-Mukarama and Jazeera Hotels 2013-2014

Between 08 November 2013 and 01 January 2014, al Shabaab (al-Shebaab al-Muheddin) attacked both the Maka hotel and the Jazeera hotel located in Mogadishu, Somalia using vehicles carrying bombs. Video (above): 2014 Aftermath following the Jazeera Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia January 1, 2014. First Hand AccountBeginning with my first visit to Mogadishu when I was on-site of the suicide bombing of the UN compound on 19 June 2013 by al Shabaab which left 15 dead, I have become convinced that this group has the potential to make terrorist strikes in the United States. The purpose of this report is to gather evidence, make inferences and then synthesize information that may be of aid in preventing future Al Shabaab attacks in the United States of America.Report Aims and ObjectivesThis preliminary report was designed to analyze two attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia that can positively be attributed to Al Shabaab. These two particular attacks were chosen for study for three…

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Ernest Sipes

Ernest Sipes is currently focusing on Al Shabaab methodologies as utilized by the group in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia. Mr Sipes is open to reporting/research opportunities. As an overseas...