Jihad: from Somalia to Minnesota
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Charges against two Somali-Americans have revealed an investigation stretching from Minnesota to Somalia. It raises questions about the reach of militant Islam and the reach of al Qaeda. Also, a Senate Committee approves the healthcare reform bill, and America's Episcopal Church has ended a moratorium on ordaining gay and lesbian bishops. What will that men to Anglicans worldwide?
Banner image: Somali soldiers celebrate after capturing a stronghold of Islamic militants in Sinay district in Mogadishu Somalia on July 12. Photo: Mohamed Dahir/AFP/Getty Images
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Jihad: from Somalia to Minnesota ()
Some 20 American citizens, some with middle class aspirations, have joined a terrorist group in their native Somalia. Two have been shot dead, one a suicide bomber, and at least 15 others have disappeared. Two more have been indicted in federal court in Minnesota, charged with providing support for terrorists and conspiracy to “kill, kidnap, maim or injure” people in foreign countries. Federal authorities say they're just part of a major investigation which became public on Monday of this week. Will Somalia be a breeding ground for international terror? Is al Qaeda exploiting a failed state? Will other naturalized Americans be vulnerable to militant Islam?
- James Walsh: Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Jeffrey Gettleman: East Africa Bureau Chief, New York Times, @gettleman
- Peter Bergen: Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, @peterbergencnn
- Bruce Hoffman: Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University, @hoffman_bruce
Episcopal Church Opens Door to Gay Bishops ()
America's Episcopalians are worried about the reaction of Anglicans worldwide, but they've extended their embrace of gay and lesbian relationships anyway. The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Church of England, the world's third largest Christian denomination, 77 million strong. Duke Helfand has been covering this week's Episcopal General Convention in Anaheim for the Los Angeles Times.
- Duke Helfand: Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
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