Countering Al Shabaab Threat In Kenya

by Brigadier David K. Cheshire

Al Shabaab is an insurgency using terrorism as a key component within its larger effort to seize power in order to establish an Islamist state in Somalia and spread jihadist ideology across the Horn of Africa regional sub-system—Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda (see Figure 1). Terrorism as a weapon is a common feature in contemporary violent radical Islamist insurgencies. Their objective is to overthrow secular democra...