Al-Shabaab’s Strategic Decline: Can Westgate turn the tide?

In the wake of the multi-day siege on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya which killed at least sixty people, many in the international community have questioned whether Al-Shabaab is a resurgent organization which could significantly threaten the recent gains made by the Somali government and the African Union’s peacekeeping force (AMISOM). While the attack in Kenya demonstrates a worrying level of tactical sophistication on the part of Al-Shabaab, it may not be enough to regain the ground the group has lost over the past three years.

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