Jonathon Finley Entry #2

Most Nairobi Mall Hostages Rescued, Kenyan Army Says

September 22, 2013

Unit 1


The Nairobi Mall being discussed in the article is named the Westgate Mall in Kenya. This is one of the most upscale malls in Kenya and attracts many foreigners from several countries. The mall was stormed by members of the Somalian terrorist group Al-Shabab with the use of grenades and turning their weapons on civilians. The attack just so happened to occur on children’s day at the mall. The victims not only include children, but several people from other countries such as the US, India, Canada, France, and China. The death count is up to 68 according to the Kenyan Red Cross. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta can connect with the attack as his nephew and nephew’s fiancée were also killed. Over 175 people were injured in the attack and many were held hostage and ended up escaping. The Kenyan forces now have the attack under control.


The terrorist group Al-Shabab claims they did the attack to get revenge from when Kenya attacked them, but if you actually look at the victims they are all non-Muslims. This seems to definitely be a targeted attack as hostages were told if they were Muslim to leave.  The US has little involvement in the attack except that the wife of a service national was killed and four civilians wounded. Terrorist attacks like these seem to keep popping up recently including the navy yard shooting on our own soil. It is still unclear whether any retaliation will occur from the attack, but it seems like the UN should get involved with the situation. The situation is really just a sour relationship between Kenya and Somalia, but countries like the US may want to get involved being that it is an Islamic terrorist group and the US has such strong ties with Israel. If an attack Is mentioned we can faintly connect this with roles of the branches of government and how the idea of war is bounced around between them and finally passed or declined in Congress.




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