U.S.-Kenya Relations: Current Political and Security Issues [Updated July 23, 2015] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "The U.S. government has long viewed Kenya as a strategic partner and a key regional actor in East Africa. After Al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, this partnership took on a new dimension as Kenya emerged on the frontline in the struggle against international terrorism. Kenya expanded its efforts to counter violent extremism in the region in late 2011, when it launched military operations in neighboring Somalia against a regional Al Qaeda 'affiliate,' Al Shabaab. Al Shabaab's assault in September 2013 on a Nairobi shopping mall popular with Americans and other expatriates and subsequent attacks have drawn fresh attention to the U.S. strategic relationship with Kenya and other security partners in the region."
CRS Report for Congress, R42967
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