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    Clearly much has happened in Kenya since the last post in 2012. There is a seperate post on the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack (also a SWJ article):http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ad.php?t=19047

    An older one on a previous attack in 2002 has been merged in.
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    Default Learn from our neighbours

    A Kenyan student now @ Kings Collerge, with NGO experience, has a short article 'Learning from the neighbours: How to win Kenya’s war on terror'. It is of value as it is by a Kenyan:http://strifeblog.org/2014/06/07/lea...war-on-terror/

    By looking at comparative efforts made by Uganda and Ethiopia to scuttle terrorist activities this paper points to the need for the entire overhaul of the Kenyan security system to effectively address the terror problem in Kenya. Kenya can borrow from Uganda and Ethiopia in an effort to reduce the threat of terrorism.
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    Default Another attack in Kenya

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed, officials said Monday.

    The assault in Mpeketoni began around 8 p.m. local time on Sunday night as residents were watching World Cup matches on TV and lasted until early Monday, meeting little resistance from Kenya's security forces.

    At the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them, saying it was what Kenyan troops are doing to Somali men inside Somalia, a police commander said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to share that detail of the attack.

    Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia's al-Qaida-linked terror group, who have vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somali. Along with its Somali fighters, the group also has many Kenyan adherents.
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    A mob of armed gunmen linked to the Somalia's Al shabaab militia have shot dead more than 26 people in a night of terror in Mpeketoni town 300kms from Mombasa.

    Our Malindi Reporter who was caught in the shooting say a group of gunmen of Somali origin started spraying the car their were traveling in with bullets.

    "They were so many and they were shooting all over and throwing grenades on everything they saw in their wake. I have never seen anything like it," said our reporter Alphonce Gari.

    He could not establish immediately the number of those killed in the attack because he had not yet reached the epicenter of the shooting in Mpeketoni town.
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    Just wondering how this will all end. Kenya was once known for the Mau Mau - & if the non-Muslim community is further provoked, terrible things could happen.

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    Do you guys think Al Shabab is deliberately trying to provoke a religious war in Easr Africa? It seems that is what the ISIS is trying to do in Iraq. Perhaps all these groups are set on pushing until hell breaks loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carl View Post
    Do you guys think Al Shabab is deliberately trying to provoke a religious war in Easr Africa? It seems that is what the ISIS is trying to do in Iraq. Perhaps all these groups are set on pushing until hell breaks loose.
    No, not a religious war, although that is topical and maybe a thought. Far more valuable is to ensure the large Somali diaspora, including refugees, many living in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh, shift allegiance towards them or are neutral.

    Wiki shows Kenyan relious affiliation as:
    Christianity 82.5% and Islam 11.1%....Some sources suggest the number of Muslims in Kenya between 35% and 45%.

    According to the 1989 Kenyan census approximately 900,000 ethnic Somalis live in Kenya..from atotal polpulation of 38.6 m. Although provisional results from the 2009 census reported a much larger number of over 2.3 million Somali residents, they are believed to be inaccurate due to inconsistencies in the gathered data.The figure has consequently been nullified for an official recount.
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    This FP article is germaine to this discussion:

    VOICE : Why Are Africa's Militaries So Disappointingly Bad?

    ... both armies have botched key domestic interventions when crises hit, exposing weaknesses that raise fundamental question marks about operational reliability.
    and this:

    "The West has this model of a disciplined, neutral army that stands on the sidelines, independent of domestic politics," explains Jakkie Cilliers of the Pretoria-based Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS). "But the African model is of a military that is used internally and is part and parcel of domestic politics and resource allocation."
    The question really revolves arround what military operations are possible within the capabilities of the respective armies.

    (This post has also been made in the Nigerian thread)

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    l-Shabab claims new deadly attack in Kenya

    Al-Shabab fighters have killed at least 15 people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, barely 24 hours after an attack near the coastal town Mpeketoni left at least 48 people dead, according to Kenya's interior minister.

    However, a spokesman of the Somalia-based armed group claimed on Monday to have killed 20 people, mostly security officers, in the overnight attack on Poromoko, a village located between the city of Mombasa and the Kenyan border.
    Kenya attacks: 'Women abducted' near Mpeketoni

    At least 12 women were abducted during the latest attack on Kenya's coast, which also left 15 people dead, residents have told...
    and again - similar as in Nigeria:

    President Kenyatta said ... the police in Mpeketoni were given advance intelligence about the attack, but did not act on it.

    "Accordingly, all concerned officers have been suspended and will be charged immediately in a court of law," he added.
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    Default Abandoned KDF war boys return to unleash terror

    The problem in Africa is that there are two many "second order effects". It is impossible to know "in what direction the wind will blow". A combination of tribalism, corruption, poor governance & unemployment makes for a potent brew.

    The Sunday Nation can now reveal that the youth, numbering about 3,000, trained at Manyani Kenya Wildlife Society (KWS) Training School before being moved to Archer’s Post in Samburu three years ago, have now become a security nightmare for Kenyan authorities. They are the new soldiers of fortune who are spreading terror in Kenya.

    A retired KDF major who is now a security expert, Mr Bashir Abdullaiah, said that the plan, though noble, was bound to fail from the start.

    “The plan was good. Train Somali youths and not Kenyans to create a buffer zone between Kenya and Somalia. However, it was infiltrated by Kenyans who received this training and later filtered back into the population and back to their families. Kenya should have handled it the way Ethiopia did to the ones they trained; put them under the command of their military so that you can monitor them long after the war. These people are today roaming and killing people in parts of Kenya,” said Major (rtd) Bashir.

    According to people, including religious leaders, the Sunday Nation spoke to, the youths have been used by the highest bidders in many conflicts and attacks including the recent intra-clan attacks where 20 people were killed in Wajir on Monday.
    http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Abandon...z/-/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by carl View Post
    Do you guys think Al Shabab is deliberately trying to provoke a religious war in Easr Africa? It seems that is what the ISIS is trying to do in Iraq. Perhaps all these groups are set on pushing until hell breaks loose.
    There are definitely ethnic tensions on the ground. Predominantly caused by the growth and expansion of the Kikuyu away from their traditional tribal areas, including their move to areas of East Kenya. This move is perceived within Kenya as partly driven by a desire to load constituencies in favour of Kenyatta for the next election.

    Governor Timamy of Lamu County who was arrested in relation to the attacks is an ethnic Bajuni and the BBC report (below) gives some good background. My sources concur with:

    "Most of the people killed in the attacks were ethnic Kikuyus. Mr Timamy is an ethnic Bajuni, an indigenous group from Lamu County. Many of the native communities have had long-standing differences with members of the Kikuyu community, who they say came to the area and "took over their land"."

    BBC World Kenya Attacks Report

    The current spat with the UK over military training in Kenya is also seen as being closely linked to Kenyatta protecting his Kikuyu constituency and their links with the Khat trade.
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    Default Kenyans five times more likely to be shot dead by police than by criminals

    A report based on a human rights NGO report, which in places take one's breath away, but this is Africa:
    Of the 1,868 Kenyans who died from gunshot wounds between 2009 and 2013, 1,252 – or 67 per cent – were killed by a police officer. That proportion changed little during the five years the researchers studied.

    For 63 per cent of those deaths, police failed to report details of the circumstances of the shooting. No reason was given as to why the officer opened fire in 68 per cent of cases.

    The story wonders aloud what impact UK aid has had:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...criminals.html
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    Lamu, Kenya: A driver who claims he was hijacked by the gunmen behind last month's killings in Mpeketoni has been charged with killing 12 of the victims. It was a dramatic reversal of fortunes for Diana Salim Suleiman when he was hauled before a judge in a Mombasa Court yesterday to plead to 12 murder charges as his lawyers protested that the prosecution was trying an innocent man. Following his arrest, Diana has maintained that he was hijacked on June 15 by gunmen posing as passengers on the Malindi-Lamu Road, who forced him to drive to Kipini, Lamu County. He claims he was beaten by his captors who robbed him of his matatu and abandoned him in the bush.
    Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/theco...2-in-mpeketoni
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    Default Unpacking the Anatomy of the Mpeketoni Attacks in Kenya

    Unpacking the Anatomy of the Mpeketoni Attacks in Kenya

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    Default Cattle rustling? Use artillery: the Kenyan way

    Africa works in different ways. A detailed report and explanation for the inter-communal, heavily armed cattle rustling in the Northern Frontier District:http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news...m/-/index.html
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    Default Kenya: 148 people dead at Garissa University

    The BBC today reported that:
    The attack on Garissa University, about 150km (90 miles) from the Somali border, was the deadliest by al-Shabab in Kenya.
    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32194722

    It is noteworthy that the longer attack and siege at Westgate Mall, in Nairobi, September 2013, was far more accessible for the media and so attracted far greater external reporting.

    The BCC and local media have been critical of the security forces response, citing the BBC:
    Kenya's government has denied accusations that its security forces were slow to respond to Thursday's assault on the university.Mr Kenyatta's spokesman Manoah Espisu told the BBC that the military was at the scene within minutes of the attack, and had helped save the lives of many students on campus.
    Local media reported that it took special forces several hours to arrive at the university because of delays in their flight from the capital, Nairobi.
    This local report explains why the Recce team, the primary urban SWAT, from the GSU (a police paramilitary unit), took so long to arrive, but note shortly after deployment their snipers shot dead four of the five attackers:http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Shame-o...y/-/index.html

    The Guardian has a good, lengthy commentary by a Kenyan journalist, entitled 'Are the terrorists of al-Shabaab about to tear Kenya in two?':http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...baab-divisions

    He highlights:
    The biggest danger, though, is that the two sides of Kenya will simply drift apart. The string of attacks by al-Shabaab has triggered the flight of dozens of non-Muslim professionals from the north-east. After a massacre of bus passengers in November, the teachers’ union ordered members not to report to work after the Christmas holidays.
    There is a main Kenya thread (in the Horn of Africa arena), into which this thread is likely to be merged:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...t=14771&page=8
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    Default Kenya is the weakest link in the fight against al-Shabaab

    Another commentary on events by a Kenyan student living in the USA at the moment; the title suggests a wider viewpoint than Kenya 'Kenya: Five Things About Al-Shabaab and the Somalia Question':http://kenopalo.com/2015/04/03/kenya...alia-question/
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    Default Two Muslims, a Hindu, and two Christians. All Kenyans.

    An update from FP on the Westgate attack:http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/09/20/...ck-al-shabab/?

    Some new details, mainly on the individual experiences; the lack of an effective Kenyan state response is well known. I had missed this:
    Westgate is in the heart of a Kenyan-Indian part of the city, and the close-knit community there knew better than to rely on the authorities to send help. Instead, the call went out to the community’s own licensed gun holders, who were organized into self-appointed armed neighborhood watch units.
    In the USA the role of 'first responders' is well known, in Kenya it was different:
    Instead, an ad hoc volunteer rescue mission had begun to take shape, comprising a motley crew of uniformed, plainclothes, and off-duty police and licensed civilian gun holders......two plainclothes armed officers: two Muslims, a Hindu, and two Christians. All Kenyans.
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    Default An update

    A "broad brush" article on the COIN / CT campaign underway in part of rural north-east Kenya, on the border with Somalia:
    Tucked into the northeast end of the country’s coast, the Boni National Reserve is a fairy-tale paradise, a resplendent ecosystem packed with elephantine baobab trees and hydra-headed doum palms. This mix of riverine forest and swampy grassland is home to some of the country’s largest herds of game...
    Link:http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...an-forest.html

    Surprised to read this, yet another 'wall':
    Kenya is building a 435-mile Western-funded security wall at the nation’s eastern border. On a visit to Kenya last year, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.....committed funds to the project.
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    August 18th 2017
    Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters have beheaded there people and torched houses in dawn attack on Maleli Village of Witu in Lamu.
    Villagers and sources on the ground put the figure at four but County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo told the Nation that the report he had received indicated three.
    12.30AM
    Mr Kitiyo said he had dispatched a contingent of police officers to pursue the attackers.
    The gunmen struck at around 12.30am Friday as the villagers slept, according to witnesses.
    Armed to the teeth, they targeted men as they spared women and children, villagers told the Nation.
    http://allafrica.com/stories/201708180732.html
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    July 2017

    Al-Shabaab extremists from neighbouring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya, officials said, adding to growing concerns that the Islamist militant group has taken up a new strategy.

    The attack occurred on Saturday in the village of Jima, south-east Kenya, said James Ole Serian, who leads a task force of security agencies combating al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaida.
    Beheadings by al-Shabaab have been rare in Kenya even as the group has carried out dozens of deadly attacks over the years. Beheadings are not uncommon in Somalia, where the group carries them out on people who are believed to be their enemies and to terrorise local populations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...aab-terrorists
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