Kenya: Implications of al Shabaab's attack on Westgate Mall

Overreaction Leads to Further RadicalizationThe Government’s response will probably involve both domestic security force operations in suspected al Shabaab areas in Kenya (most likely in Nairobi, the Coast and North Eastern regions) and military operations against Al-Shabaab targets within Somalia.[1] Security force operations within Kenya contain a high risk of radicalization. Depending on how such operations are executed, the government could alienate Kenyan Muslims and ethnic Somalis who make up the majority of residents in Coast and North Eastern regions of the country that border Somalia.[2]  Al-Shabaab certainly intended for the Westgate attack to provoke Kenyans to overreact and commit large-scale violence against Muslims both in Kenya and Somalia, which would have handed Al-Shabaab the victory they seek.[3]Video: 2012  NTV highlighted the ill practices by Traffic police officers that collect bribes from matatu operators. The officers photographed engaged…

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