U.S. Government Vows to Stand with Kenya against Violent Islamic Extremism & Terrorism

state house nairobiEvent Summary

  • 25th July 2015, President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), co-hosted by the United States and the Government of Kenya in Gigiri.
  • GES attracted more than 1,000 delegates, 200 investors from the United States and 20 members of the US Congress.
  • U.S. President held bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House

Key top agendas on the table included:

  • Building strong trade ties between Kenya and U.S.,
  • Financing Entrepreneurship project mechanisms,
  • Countering violent extremism in Kenya and across the region,
  • Security,
  • Boosting government transparency,
  • Curbing the poaching of Kenya’s wildlife.

Analysis

Kenya continues to face terror threat from the Somali based Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen (HSM) Al Shabaab which is an affiliate of the broader Al Qaeda terror has carried some attacks in Kenya since the country sent it troops in Somalia.

Kenya Defence Forces battling the Al Shabaab militants in southern Somalia region under AMISOM umbrella continues to make gains against the militants.

The forces recently won the battle of Bardheere and Dinsoor. Within a week the forces killed at least 84 Al Shabaab militants. Capturing Bardheere was a great achievement as it was a key strategic location where militants had controlled for over 5 years.

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have been a major boost to AMISOM Fighting against Al Shabaab Militants.

U.S. has also provided intelligence, training and other logistical support to the Somali Army and to the African Union troops.

Forecast

Even as Kenya remains one of the key targets of the Somali based terror outfit HSM, the country trusts its security agencies’ capability to thwart attacks and respond to threats.

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Kenya is set to benefit from U.S. in fighting against terrorism and violent extremism. Kenya will benefit in intelligence gathering and also in military training from the U.S.

U.S. also will help Kenya keep her borders safe.

In the coming days U.S. offering tactical logistical support, aerial surveillance, intelligence gathering and training of soldiers is expected to catapult the forces capability of rooting out the remnants of the Somali based Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen who are already retreating from the areas they once controlled.

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