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Al Shabaab Is Poised to Surge in East Africa

Thomas Abi-Hanna
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 15, 2020 | 09:15 GMT
Smoke rises from a U.S. military base in Lamu County, Kenya, on Jan. 5, 2020, after an al Shabaab attack.

Smoke rises from a U.S. military base in Lamu County, Kenya, on Jan. 5, 2020, after an al Shabaab attack.

(Xinhua/Xin Huashefa via Getty Images)

The first-ever attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab on U.S. military forces in Kenya portends an intensified focus by the group on American targets and potentially greater insecurity in East Africa. Jihadist militants from the group stormed Camp Simba on Jan. 5, killing a U.S. service member and two contractors and destroying several aircraft and helicopters. Al Shabaab's first-ever attack on a U.S. military installation in Somalia occurred just months ago, and it has previously killed Americans in attacks on soft targets in Kenya....

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