September 9/11: How war on terrorism has influenced Kenya

International terrorism was nothing new to Kenyans at the dawn of the 21st century.

In Summary

• In 2004 Kenya established a clandestine team within the paramilitary General Service Unit’s Recce Company, which was equipped, trained and is guided on counter-terror operations by the Central Intelligence Agency.

• In 2011, the country jumped in with both feet, ignoring the advice of more sensible heads and sending troops into Somalia, a decision it would pay a heavy price for.

On the evening of September 11, 2001, I was on my way home from work, dreading the uncomfortable ride in the crowded, noisy minibuses that are the backbone for what passes for Nairobi’s public ...

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