Essay about Kenya’s Effort Against Al-Shabaab

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Kenya is fighting for stability and peace for itself and, its neighbors. The biggest obstacle that Kenya faces is overcoming the terrorist threat living right next door, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahedeen. The problem is Kenya cannot do it alone, but should the international community even care?
In 2006, the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia became Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahedeen, commonly known as al-Shabaab, decided to expand their operations further away from Somalia and into other countries in the horn of Africa. Al-Shabaab controls the majority of Somalia in the south and a large piece of Mogadishu, all the way to the port of Marka. The port, which takes in food aid, was
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Recently, Major-General Leonard Ngondi, commander of all Kenyan troops and recognized for overhauling peacekeeping efforts in Sierra Leone, is leading efforts against al-Shabaab in Somalia. General Ngondi, described by his peers as brilliant and a strategist, (Leftie, 2011) has additionally been ordered to eliminate the threat caused by al-Shabaab throughout the Horn of Africa.
Despite these efforts, Al Shabaab’s following seems to be growing at an alarming rate and if left to its own devices, the group could spread its influence throughout Africa and the Middle East. As the group continues to mirror Al Qaeda with their use of suicide bombers (Kron & Mohammed, 2010) and recruiting members from around the world, it has attracted American concerns that the group may have already spread to Yemen. The potential for this group to spread their influence in Africa and beyond is under-estimated. For years, al-Shabaab have been a terrifying presence in Somalia, cutting off hands, public stoning and banning television, music and even women’s underwear in their effort to have Somalia become the perfect medieval Islamic state.
The government of Somalia has repeatedly proved to be ineffective in protecting its own people and has exposed them to the cruelty of warlords and terror groups. Kenya states, however, that they remain

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