OBBO: Al-Shabaab fought the wrong war, suffered the right defeat
A Kenyan soldier gives the thumbs up signal on September 24, 2013 after clearing the top floor balcony and interior of the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants, claiming they were still holding hostages, on September 24 battled Kenyan troops for the fourth day of a bloody siege at the mall and threatened further attacks against the country. At least 67 shoppers, staff and soldiers have been killed and close to 200 wounded in the siege.
The Westgate Mall attack didn’t spark a wave of paranoia or anti-Muslim hysteria as it did in the US. Al-Shabaab terrorists who attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which claimed the lives of 68 people, and injured 175, were defeated.
After more bodies are retrieved from the collapsed floors of the mall, the casualty figures will rise. The real defeat the terrorists suffered was not during the shoot-out with security forces.
But ultimately, in the minds of the nation. And in the process, to weaken them for the real battles that lie ahead.
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