Obama's trip to Kenya may be his most dangerous visit

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Why Obama's Kenya Visit May Be His Most Dangerous Yet

President Obama is scheduled to land in his ancestral homeland of Kenya on Friday, and the landmark visit has the Secret Service working harder than usual.

The State Department has warned that terrorist groups might try to take advantage of the president's visit, including the infamous Al-Shabab, the group which claimed responsibility for the attack on the Westgate shopping mall that left 67 dead in 2013.

Concerns of those threats are only compounded by a major security breach that came from Kenyan officials earlier this week -- who leaked the president's travel itinerary, including his airport arrival and departure times. Such information typically remains tightly guarded in order to thwart potential attacks on Air Force One.

The developments have security analysts dubbing this trip one of the most dangerous the president has taken.

"The main active terror group in the area, Al-Shabab, is known to have surface to air missiles," Fox News' Paul Tilsley said.

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A man walks away after leaning his bicycle against a mural of President Barack Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken on Saturday, June 13, 2015, students at the Obama University wash their hands in Conakry, Guinea. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
Solomon Murimia, a 'matatu' minibus driver, gestures as he calls on clients beside his minibus with a painting depicting US President Barack Obama on a July 22, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama will make a first presidential pilgrimage to his father's homeland of Kenya later this month, the capstone of a weeklong overture to Africa taking in three key nations. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
An man rides a bicycle and a trailer with messages reading 'welcome Kenya Obama' in Nairobi on July 23, 2015, on the eve of the US President's visit. On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
People read local newspapers with pictures of US President Barack Obama and with headlines 'Welcome Obama' on July 24, 2015 in Nairobi. US President Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya later today, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor sells American flags at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
A banner bearing the likeness of the President of the United States, Barack Obama and bearing a 'welcome' message hangs over the arrival lounge of the Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on July 23, 2015 less than 48 hours ahead of Obama's expected arrival. US President Barack Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya late on July 24, 2015, with a massive security operation underway to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. Obama, making his first visit as president to his father's birthplace, will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster of Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, is displayed during a groundbreaking ceremony for her Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, June 13, 2015, a street vendor walks past the Obama restaurant in Conakry, Guinea. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
In this picture taken on Saturday, July 4, 2015, a woman sits in the restaurant of a hotel named after U.S. President Barak Obama in Accra, Ghana. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Christian Thompson)
Kenyan vendor Hosea displays his t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor selling flags, caps and t-shirts, and wearing a t-shirt showing President Barack Obama with words in Luo reading "Father has reached home", sells his wares at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
A woman buys glasses next to a shop selling t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A painting depicting the Obama family and step-grandmother Sarah Obama above, stands outside an exhibition about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which President Barack Obama will attend later in the week, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A man looks at local newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for her Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, left, speaks to the media about the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, amongst other issues, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, July 21, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later this week, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A Maasai woman looks at hawkers selling a poster of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reads next to newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan Said Obama, Kogelo-born, raised and current resident and uncle to United State's President Barack Obama, gestures during an interview in Kisumu on July 13, 2015. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that Said says was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president.AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past Kenyan hawker selling posters and T-shirts with the image of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pupils of Senator Obama Kogelo primary school head home after classes in Kogelo on July 13, 2015. The school was renamed after the US President Barack Obama's visit in 2006 to Kenya when he was a state senator. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man attending an investor's breakfast meeting with the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, named after President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama, reads a copy of the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper whose front page highlights the security measures being put in place ahead of the President's visit to the country later in the month, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A pedestrian walks past a mural of President Barack Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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"Kenya's just not the safest place in the world right now," Robert Baer, former CIA operative, told CNN.
"The people that want to hurt the president have been planning for the last seven years for this trip," Jonathan Wackrow, former Secret Service agent, told CNN.

The main threat may not be to the president -- who will be closely watched by the Secret Service -- but instead to the rest of the country.

Many experts fear Al-Shabab or other terrorist groups will attack soft targets, like hospitals and schools, during Obama's visit. U.S. air strike reportedly killed several Al-Shabab leaders earlier this month.

The Kenyan government has tried to downplay the group's influence, both symbolically, by reopening the Westgate mall, and militarily in its own attacks on the group. The losses likely mean the group is looking for an easy win, and an attack on a civilian target while the U.S. president is visiting would fit the bill.

Security will be one of Obama's main agenda items when he meets with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. The U.S. has been supplying the Kenyan military in the fight against Al-Shabab.
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