Robert McFaddden Quoted on Fox News: Terror Attack, Threats of More Violence Raise Security Questions for Obama’s Kenya Visit
April 7, 2015
By: Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
Al-Shabaab’s deadly attack last week in Kenya, and threats of more to come, raise new security questions for President Obama’s planned trip to the East African country this summer – though the White House so far is making no changes to the schedule…
Robert McFadden, senior vice president and counterterrorism analyst with The Soufan Group who served as a chief investigator for Naval Criminal Investigative Service after the USS Cole bombing by Al Qaeda in 2000, told FoxNews.com that it “would absolutely be a goal for any violent extremist anywhere” to disrupt an American president’s visit.
“But there is a big delta between what [terrorists] would like to do and its capability and its capacity,” he added.
He believes that Kenyan security forces – though criticized for their response in the Westgate Mall attack – are robust enough to meet the challenge of securing Nairobi ahead of the July conference, which will also host a number of international dignitaries and industry leaders. Those forces already have launched attacks against al-Shabaab positions in Somalia after the college massacre.
“The Kenyan government has a good handle on the security posture, but will also be augmented by the full capabilities of the United States,” McFadden said. Further…
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