Al Shabab Attacks: Did the International Community Drop the Ball?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Al-Shabab's local police force in Mogadishu. August 1, 2011 (Mogadishu Man/flickr)

Nairobi is still the scene of violence and a battle ground for the terrorist group Al Shabab and the Kenyan Military. The attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall has left at least 62 dead and 175 wounded.

Africa has become a growing source of terrorist activity over the last decade. In 2012 alone, Al Shabab joined forces with Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Northern Africa, and the terrorist organization Boko Haram in Nigeria. President Obama noted the growing problem of terrorism in Africa on his visit to the continent last July.

"Across the continent, there are places were, too often, fear prevails," President Obama told an audience at the University of Cape Town. "From Mali, to Mogadishu, senseless terrorism all too often perverts the meaning of Islam, one of the world’s great religions."

In the wake of the Westgate attack, has the international community done enough to stem the tide of terror in Africa? Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, explores the U.S.'s role in combating terrorism across the content. 


Jendayi Frazer

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

There are many places where Christians and Muslims have lived in peace for many years. But the radical Muslims are a totally different story, one thinks of the monks killed in the late 90's in Liberia. As one person in Kenya said, 'They are not human'.

I can only compare them with the Nazis in their determination to kill. They are the current threat to the West, and considering our complete moral decline, we kind of deserve a threat.

(During WWII if a Nazi SS POW escaped, the orders were to kill on sight, they were so dangerous. Sounds similar.)

Sep. 24 2013 09:08 AM

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