Kenya's president announced the appointment of a new defence forces chief on Friday after the retirement of General Julius Karangi, who drew public criticism for the army's handling of a militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013.
From the Shifta War to Al Shabaab: Why Kenya is its own worst enemy
When Kenya faced an insurgency problem in the 1960s, it tormented a people into submission. When it faced another in the 21st century, it secretly recruited their children to fight its war. The plan failed miserably, bringing Kenya to war with itself.
Al-Shabaab intensifies guerrilla warfare despite being weakened
The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab is intensifying terror strikes in East Africa to prove it remains a potent force after losing ability to fight on the battlefield, counter-terrorism experts said on Friday.
After Piracy Crisis, Somalia Battles Al Shabab, Unemployment, Hunger And An Ineffective Government
International navies and private security officials have dramatically curtailed piracy attacks at sea off the coast of Somalia in the last few years. But on land, the East African nation still suffers from extreme economic hardship, civil unrest and political turmoil after decades of conflict that have left unemployed youth desperate to earn a basic income.
Somali refugees reluctant to return despite Kenya directive
Kenya's directive last week giving the UN refugee agency three-month to repatriate all Somali refugees in the country's Dadaab refugee camp has caused anxiety with opinion divided over whether they should leave or not.
Kenya's Leaders Debate Whether to Keep Troops in Somalia
For the last two weeks, Kenyan leaders have been debating whether to keep troops in war-torn Somalia to fight al-Shabab or pull them back to the borders to fight insurgent fighters who have carried out deadly attacks in those regions and other towns in the country.
Kenya Faces Growing Dispute Over Call to Deport Somali Refugees Over Al Shabaab Threat
Kenya's government is embroiled in a dispute with the United Nations after it ordered 350,000 refugees from Somalia to be sent back to their homeland within the next three months, claiming that their camp is a sanctuary for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab. Now, the bishop of Garissa, where militants massacred 148 students earlier this month, has said that he backs the call for the camp's closure.