AL-Shabbab seeks talks with Kenya to end offensive

Got three words for the Kenyans: Don't do it. CNN: Conflicting accounts emerged Thursday over whether the extremist group Al-Shabaab has signaled a desire to negotiate with Kenya amid a Kenyan military offensive targeting the group. "They want to talk," said a Kenyan official who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to talk to the media. A spokesman for the Kenyan government, however, disputed that account and said Kenya wouldn't talk with Al-Shabaab even if the group did want to negotiate. "Al-Shabaab has not contacted Kenya in any way," said the spokesman, Alfred Mutua. "There are no plans whatsoever for Kenya to negotiate with Al-Shabaab. Kenya does not negotiate with outlawed groups." He said Kenyan troops have enjoyed success since crossing the border into Somalia to pursue Al-Shabaab, which the United States and several Western nations view as a terrorist organization. "They are running scared. I think they are busy running for their lives," Mutua said. "They...(Read Full Post)