Al Qaeda’s Nairobi mall strike more sophisticated than 9/11

Al Qaeda’s attack on the Westgate shopping mall was minutely prepared in two years of intelligence-gathering, detailed planning and multinational recruitment spreading over four continents – North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This complex, sophisticated and labor-intensive terrorist operation was an eye-opener, showing how far Al Qaeda had upgraded its capabilities since Sept. 11, 2001. Yet no Western counterterrorism agency saw it coming. The DEBKA Weekly issue out next Friday exposes in detail and analyses the shocking scope of the Nairobi attack.

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