The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) receives a major boost after Trump allows billions deal to defeat Al Shabaab
Trump is a man of his words. In his inauguration speech, the new POTUS Donald John Trump promised to ‘eradicate radical Islamic terrorists from the face of the earth’. Inasmuch as that is a hard task to do, President Trump has faith in his words, and believes he will do anything at his disposal to ensure he fights global and domestic terrorists. At least, it was one of the policies that propelled him to the White House during the campaigns.
So, immediately he got to power- on January 20th, President Trump’s administration raised a few tough questions to the Kenyan government- where Obama draws his roots. According to the The Standard Newspaper, the US government asked:
“We’ve been fighting Al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?”
And, some few liberals within the Kenyan government were quick to send chills to the country, raising the citizens eyebrows about the Trump’s question. But, what they did not understand was that the new POTUS was not the old one. He’s a reformer who wants to change everything that’s been going wrong for far too long, including changing what Obama would not have dared do in his cradle land.
In the first week of his tenure in office, Donald Trump has promised to send as much help to countries fighting the Islamic radicals as possible. According to Trump’s philosophy, the terrorists direct their aggression to both the United States and Israel. So, proxies like Kenya (who happen to be great allies to both countries) are easy targets of terror.
It is only few years since the Al Shabaab Islamic radicals opened fire and killed 69 people in a Nairobi Shopping mall- Westgate Mall. Then, in 2015 April 1nd, the terrorists raided a university in Northern Kenya and killed 148 innocent students.
Since 2010, Kenya has been in Somalia, which happens to be he home base of the radical terrorists- the Al Shabaab are affiliates of the Al Qaeda and ISIS and are trying to expand the Sharia supremacy across the world.
President Obama promised Kenya support, but the country kept complaining that it was never an open deal. At the UNGA Summit, Kenya’s Deputy President complained that the Obama administration and UN were not honoring their promises to fight radical Islamic terrorists.
But, the new administration seems very ready to have a hands-on approach in fighting terrorism. To lay the ground, Trump has allowed Kenya to get the following things from the US government.
- 12 Air Tractor AT- 802L
- 2 AT-504 trainer aircrafts
- Supplements to Kenya’s aging F-5 aircraft
- $435Million (Kes. 43.5Bn) in arms deal