September 24, 2013
The terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that killed more than 60 innocent people and injured 150 leaves many questions to be answered.
The Heritage Foundation’s Charlotte Florance explains why al-Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group, attacked Kenya:
Al-Shabaab wants Kenya and all other foreign troops present in Somalia to leave immediately. Kenya moved into southern Somalia in 2011 to expel al-Shabaab from strategic locations, including the port of Kismayo, that they used receive supplies and to launch piracy attacks in the Indian Ocean. There are currently about 4,000 Kenyan troops in Somalia. Al-Shabaab has been threatening reprisal attacks for Kenyan military activities within Somalia for the past two years, but none of the attacks has been as large as the Westgate Mall attack.
Florance gives more background on al-Shabaab and why they targeted the shopping mall on The Foundry.
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