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    February 2017

    The global economic downturn hindered recovery, then terror attacks by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab began to escalate in 2011. Al-Shabaab struck Mombasa several times and along the coast to the city’s north, prompting strict travel warnings from Western governments.
    The U.S. and U.K. lifted travel bans for government staff last year, but the U.S. State Department continued to preach caution in a new warning in 2015, citing “potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western and Kenyan interests.”
    To counter the rise of al-Shabaab, Kenyan authorities launched aggressive counterterrorism operations in Muslim communities. The cycle of attacks and government retaliation have created new waves of fear around#Diani, as many in the tourism industry here say that Kenyan Christians are now wary of becoming targets on the coast.#
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b061551b3e0188
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    Default Some context

    Kenya has many problems, including a predicting doubling of its population and of course its politics. As shown in this BBC News report:
    The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said his country has "a problem" with its judiciary after the Supreme Court cancelled his victory in last month's presidential election.
    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41136478

    Away from the cities Aidan Hartley, a white Kenyan farmer and journalist, has a regular column in 'The Spectator' and his latest column is about the election contest locally. No wonder Kenya has problems.
    Link:https://www.spectator.com.au/2017/09...elled-the-mob/

    Al-Shabaab is one problem, it might not even the main problem for Kenya's politicians.
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    In Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, a small team of rangers equipped with thermal imaging cameras and drones are fighting back against an onslaught of heavily-armed poachers.
    http://www.wired.co.uk/article/anti-...on-maasai-mara
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    Default Nairobi DusitD2 hotel attacked by suspected militants

    This was a temporary separate thread until merged on 29/1/2019 into the main thread (it had eights posts with 300 views). Might it turn into another Westgate Mall Charlie Foxtrot.

    Suspected militants have attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing a number of people.

    Gunfire and blasts were heard at the compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices.

    The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.

    People, some covered in blood, were led out of the complex by police. Late on Tuesday the government said all buildings had been secured.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46880375
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    (CNN)CNN journalists near the hotel complex in Nairobi that was attacked Tuesday are still hearing intermittent gunfire from the location, hours after the government gave the all-clear.

    At least 11 people have been killed during what police described as a "suspected terror attack" at the complex in the Kenyan capital, said a source at the hotel assisting with security.
    The source called the death toll "conservative" and expected it to rise: "I saw six dead on the footpath exit over the river and five more at the secret garden cafe."
    A US State Department official said an American was killed in the attack, and provided no other details. CNN is reaching out to officials from other nations to see whether any of their citizens are among the victims.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/15/afric...ntl/index.html
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    The AK-47 appears to be brand new.

    A CCTV footage has now emerged showing how four heavily armed attackers stormed the 14 Riverside Drive Dusit2 hotel. The footage shows three of the gunmen dressed in black tops with green vests and Ak47 rifles. In the footage, the suspected terrorists are seen signalling one another to take different positions as they fired indiscriminately to anyone on sight.
    https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019...hotel_c1878512
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    DAMN SKIPPY!

    Mystery Pirate Patch-Wearing Special Operator Jumped In To Help Kenyans During Hotel Attack
    Images of the individual show them with weapons, gear, and other items associated with American or British special operations forces.
    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone...WVRa77NNUBV9tc
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    The SF operator appears in the BBC footage too:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-...scue-operation
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    Citing an anonymous insider The Sun (UK) reports and later BBC News:
    The “long serving” member of the SAS – motto Who Dares Wins – was on a mission to train and mentor Kenyan Special Forces when four terrorists attacked a hotel complex....a lone SAS soldier got tooled up and went in after a request for help from Kenyan security forces....He was pictured operating at the hotel alone. But he was joined in the mission by US Navy Seals
    Link:https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8207170/nairobi-hotel-attack-kenya-sas-terrorists/


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    Default Why Al-Shabaab survives in Somalia

    A topical commentary on Al-Shabaab in Somalia, two good maps of activity in 2017 and 2018. This comment explains why they retain popular support:
    Al Shabaab’s attacks make headlines, but the al Qaeda group offers something real to local Somalis. Perhaps incredibly, the group provides more efficient and less corrupt governance than the Somali Federal Government in some areas. Many Somalis prefer al Shabaab’s justice over the Somali courts—even traveling from government-controlled areas to al Shabaab-held areas to seek justice. Al Shabaab courts deliver a verdict faster and are more likely to enforce it. This benefit allows al Shabaab to maintain support and attack zones, despite U.S. airstrikes.
    Link:https://www.criticalthreats.org/analysis/fight-against-al-shabaab-isnt-over?

    This post will be cross-posted on the main Somalia thread:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...)-2018-onwards

    Kenya has its own thread, where thsi thread will e merged one day:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ya-(catch-all)
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    Citizens carrying arms - whatta concept.
    Kenya plans to allow many more private security guards around the country to carry firearms following a deadly attack by Islamic extremists in Nairobi. The Kenyan government agency monitoring private security says the goal is to enhance the guards' ability to protect the public because they are often the first responders before state security forces can get to the scene.

    The Private Security Regulatory Authority made the announcement on Friday, three days after attackers laid siege to the dusitD2 hotel, shopping and office complex.

    A security company confirmed that two employees were killed in the attack. Authorities plan a vetting process to expose any suspected criminals within security companies before guards are licensed to have guns. Currently, very few private guards in Kenya are allowed to carry guns.
    https://abcnews.go.com/International...ttack-60488079
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    Default Could Kenya have prevented the hotel siege?

    IMHO a good review of why, although from a faraway armchair/ It ends:
    Yet again, Kenya has suffered a big loss and as its people come to terms with this week's events they will wonder why it has to take catastrophe for more lessons to be learned.
    Link:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-46921249
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    Default Nairobi slum reveals the vast challenges facing Africa's megacities

    A rare descriptive article on African urbanization and in The Daily Telegraph too. The dilemma is acute now, let alone in the future:
    Slum life is therefore overcrowded, wretched, dangerous and — because of high levels of unemployment — often violent. With many African cities now consisting of increasingly prosperous pockets surrounded by vast swathes of resentful indigence, political insecurity is also a risk.
    Link:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/nairobi-slum-reveals-vast-challenges-facing-africas-megacities/?
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