Al Jazeera quotes Africa Center Assistant Director Joshua Meservey on the motivation behind al-Shabaab’s attack on Garissa University in Kenya:

These recent military setbacks suffered by Al-Shabab help explain why the group is targeting vulnerable populations within in Kenya, said Joshua Meservey, assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “They [Al-Shabab] can’t control as much territory as they once did,” Meservey said. “They can’t fight AMISOM in a conventional military battle, so really they’re left with terror attacks.”

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