“Today, I mourn those who lost their lives in the recent horrific terror attacks in Somalia. During this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those killed and injured.  We must remain steadfast in our fight against terrorism and the hateful ideology espoused by groups like Al-Shabab.  These extremist groups offer only despair, cruelty, and violence.  We must defeat these ideologies using all instruments in our power. The international community must continue to stand united in our common goal of combating extremism, in part by advancing development initiatives and supporting civil society organizations.  If we are to defeat the terror networks that seek to do us harm, we must ensure that we lead with integrated, holistic approaches of diplomacy, development, and defense.”