Al-Shabaab, the Somali al-Qaeda acolytes, have been declared defeated on a regular basis over the past several years, most recently by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Turns out they're not defeated at all, they just went to the mall.
And not just any mall, but the most prestigious mall in all Kenya.
In fact, one could make a case for this not being a Kenyan mall at all, but an upscale Israeli mall transplanted into Nairobi. Apparently the Westgate mall was such a favorite among tourists from the Holy Land that it even housed a synagogue on the premises.
Westgate Mall; a taste of the Holy Land in the heart of the Dark Continent.
Having just passed the 12th anniversary of 9/11, one could be forgiven for imagining that the forces of al-Qaeda are on the rise, rather than on the run, as we are frequently led to believe.
"Our" good FSA rebels in Syria have been defecting to the "bad" al-Qaeda rebels in droves.
Our man in Abuja, Goodluck Jonathan, is not having much luck rooting out the al-Qaeda linked Boko Haram.
Libya, Mali, and on it goes...
Recent indications are that AFRICOM intends to gets serious and rid the Dark Continent of the al-Qaeda virus once and for all.
If our past successes are any indication, then we'll really be in trouble.