A resolution condemning the September 2013 terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and reaffirming United States support for the people and Government of Kenya, and for other purposes.

Bill Number: 
S. Res. 268
Bill Location: 
Date of Last Action: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Country(s): 
Kenya
Relevant Text: 

113TH  CONGRESS
1ST  SESSION

Condemning the  September  2013  terrorist   attack  at  the  Westgate  Mall in Nairobi,  Kenya,  and  reaffirming  United  States  support  for  the  people and Government of Kenya, and for other purposes.

IN  THE  SENATE  OF  THE  UNITED   STATES

OCTOBER 11, 2013
Mr. COONS  (for himself and Mr. FLAKE) submitted the following resolution;
which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

RESOLUTION

Condemning  the  September  2013  terrorist   attack   at   the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and reaffirming United States  support  for the people and Government of Kenya, and for other purposes.

Whereas, on September 21, 2013,  armed terrorists  attacked the  Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than
60 people and injuring at least 175 from at least 12 dif- ferent countries during a four-day siege;

Whereas the attack  was the most deadly terrorist  incident in Kenya since the  1998  al Qaeda  bombing of the  United States Embassy in Nairobi;

Whereas al Shabaab,  a Somali Islamist  extremist group with ties to al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack, declaring that  it was in retaliation  for the Government of
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Kenya’s  participation  in  the  African  Union  Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM);

Whereas al Shabaab  was designated a Foreign  Terrorist  Or- ganization by the United States  Government in 2008 and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist  entity in 2012;

Whereas the investigation to identify those responsible for the attack  and  efforts  to bring them to justice are  ongoing;

Whereas  Kenya  is  an  important  ally and  regional  security partner,  playing a vital role in breaking al Shabaab’s re- cent stranglehold on Somalia through  its participation  in AMISOM;

Whereas the  Republic of Kenya and the  United  States  have a strong and enduring partnership based on a shared commitment to  promoting peace and  prosperity  in East Africa and around the world; and
Whereas Kenya is a culturally rich and ethnically diverse country: Now, therefore, be it

1          Resolved, That the Senate—

2                  (1)  condemns, in the  strongest  possible terms,

3          the  heinous atrocities  and  terrorist  attack  that  oc-

4          curred at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, from

5          September 21 through 24, 2013;

6                  (2)   offers   its   condolences  to   the   families,

7          friends,  and  loved ones of those who were killed in

8          the attack  and expresses its hope for the recovery of

9          the wounded, including United States citizens;

10                  (3) recognizes the many heroic and selfless acts

11          by Kenyan citizens, first  responders, and the Kenya

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1          Red  Cross  to  rescue  those  caught  in  the  Westgate

2          Mall during the attack;

3                  (4) reaffirms  United  States  support  for the ef-

4          forts  of  the  Government  and  people of  Kenya  to

5          combat terrorism,  counter extremism, promote toler-

6          ance,  and  bring  the  perpetrators   of  the  Westgate

7          Mall attack to justice;

8                  (5) commends the Government of Kenya’s con-

9          tinued participation  in the African Union Mission in

10          Somalia; and

11                  (6)  recognizes Kenya as an  important  regional

12          ally and partner  of the United States.