Last September, we reacted in horror as news of a terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya broke. We covered the incident, and then a few days later Jack Murphy hit on a topic that our readers thought was right on point:

Is it time to create a real life Rainbow Six?

Jack wrote:

We now have a list of some of the alleged terrorists behind the shopping mall massacre in Nairobi, Kenya. The mall was apparently attacked because it was known to be frequented by Westerners. The list of terrorists involved now in the media is preliminary and should not be taken at face value until confirmed.
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The names of the terrorists that have been publicly released as of now are as follows:

  • Ahmed Nasir Shirdoon, 24, from London, UK;
  • Gen Mustafe Noorduiin, 27, from Kansas City, U.S.,
  • Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24, from Minneapolis, U.S.,
  • Ahmed Mohamad Isse, 22, from Saint Paul, U.S;
  • Ismael Guled, 23, from Finland;
  • Abdirizak Mouled, 24, from Ontario, Canada;
  • Zaki Jama Caraale, 20, and Sayid Nuh, 25, both from Somalia.

If true, this constitutes a true international brigade of terrorists, one that is launching operations across international borders into relatively safe places such as Nairobi. The victims from this attack are said to hail from America, Canada, France, Britain, China, and of course Kenya. We will have to wait for final confirmations on the lists of both terrorists and victims, but if true, this is one of the more clear cut examples of a non-state actor waging hostile operations across international borders with a mixed team of terrorists from across the globe.

Jack continued:

Now would be a good time for such a joint Counter-Terrorism unit to be created. Three factors play into this on the surface: