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Chairman Royce to Convene Hearing on al-Shabaab in Wake of Kenya Shopping Mall Attack – Thursday 10 a.m.

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 3 at 10 a.m., U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene a hearing to examine the growing threat of al-Shabaab,  the Somalia-based and al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “We’ve known for some time that the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab remains a threat in the Horn of Africa.  Following the recent brutal attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, it is critical that the United States and our allies reassess the threat that al-Shabaab poses outside of Somalia and outside the region.  This hearing will examine the extent of the al-Shabaab threat to the interests of the United States around the world and those of our allies.”


Hearing:  Al-Shabaab: How Great a Threat?

10 a.m., Thursday, October 3

2172 Rayburn House Office Building


Seth Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Director

International Security and Defense Policy Center

RAND Corporation


Mr. Dan Borelli

Chief Operating Officer

The Soufan Group


Mr. Mohamed Farah

Executive Director

Ka Joog


Mr. Richard Downie

Deputy Director and Fellow

Africa Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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