The Somali terror group al-Shabab has recruited over 40 Americans into its network, and though it is currently focusing on "jihad" overseas, those terrorists will one day be "coming after us," national security analyst Ryan Mauro said Monday.
Mauro, who is an analyst at RadicalIslam.org and is founder of WorldThreats.com, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" about six of the American recruits are thought to have taken part in the deadly attack at a mall in Kenya.
"They came from around the country, so in terms of organizing this thing, this really shows the type of network that they have here," Mauro said of the recruits.
Mauro warned there is real reason to fear similar attacks here.
"The chief leader of al-Qaida . . . issued some new guides for jihad, and what he’s saying is we overexerted ourselves, we need to try to avoid conflict when we can't win," Mauro said.
"And so these recruits are focusing on jihad overseas so that they can establish a safe harbor — and that's why the Shabab networks in the United States are not carrying out an attack when you know that they're capable of doing it here.
"It's because they're focused on winning overseas and then coming after us."
Mauro said President Barack Obama’s declaration that he wants to end the war on terror seems to prevent him from characterizing the attack in Kenya as an act of terror.
"Political considerations are overriding just sheer common sense," he said. "Shabab is at war with the United States and the battlefield is Kenya and Somalia and the surrounding areas."
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