Monday, September 23, 2013

Unlikely: WH deputy national security adviser claims Kenya attack is proof that al Shabaab is on its heels


Via The Hill:
White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Monday the attack is proof that al Shabaab is on its heels.
“The fact of the matter is we’ve actually had a very aggressive effort to go after al Shabaab in Somalia, both through direct U.S. counterterrorism efforts, but also through support for AMISOM, the international force, including Kenya, that has pushed al Shabaab out of a number of its strongholds in Somalia,” Rhodes told reporters traveling with the president. “And, frankly, I think it was that pressure on al Shabaab that, in terms of their own professed motivation, led them to pursue an attack against Kenya.”

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