Background on Al-Shabaab Attack on Kenyan Military Base
On 5 January 2020, al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a Kenyan military base at Manda Bay near the border with Somalia. About 200 Americans are assigned to the base. The attack, which killed 3 Americans, underscored the limits of the U.S. military presence in Africa. There was inadequate intelligence and personnel at the base believed Manda Bay was a relatively safe locale.