As Kenyan police clear out the Westgate Shopping Mall after a weekend of horror, Somali leaders and diaspora members have been vocal in their condemnation of Al Shabaab, the deadly Al Qaeda affiliate that has claimed the raid. Inside Somalia the reaction has been much the same, despite a familiarity of locals to terror attacks on home soil.
The failure of Nairobi's security and intelligence forces to interdict the Westgate attack is rooted in the wider counter-insurgency policy against Al-Shabaab and their increasingly numerous Kenya-based franchises. On a sweltering afternoon nearly a month after the Westgate attack, a lone policeman at the Ngaremara barrier five kilometres away from Isiolo town barely glanced as a vehicle slalomed through the security check.
Ethiopian's intelligence service has revealed that it thwarted a terrorist attack by Somalia's al-Shabbab group during the country's football 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria at the weekend. Two suspected al-Shabbab operatives died in an explosion at house in the Bole area of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday. The country's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Monday said the pair were preparing explosives for the suicide attacks.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".