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Kenya's War on Terror Helps Terrorists

Kenya's counter-terrorism policies are counterproductive.

A colleague comforts a survivor of an attack by Islamist gunmen on a university in Kenya.

Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s plan to close the Dadaab refugee camp, about 50 miles from the Somali border, is intended to reduce the chance of attacks by al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based militant group that recently murdered more than 140 people at a Kenyan university. It's likely to have the opposite effect. Kicking almost 400,000 displaced Somalis back into a mostly lawless, poverty-wracked land will create more misery -- and thus more terrorist recruits.

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