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Vol 58 No 18

Published 8th September 2017


Somalia

The split that never was

Instead of weakening Al Shabaab, the defection of top jihadist Mukhtar Robow could intensify the war

How Mukhtar Robow Ali 'Abu Mansur', one of Somali Islamism's most prominent leaders, crossed to the government side is clear enough. He surrendered himself to Hassan Hussein Mohamed, Minister of Internal Security for South West State, on 13 August. He was immediately flown to Mogadishu, where he gave a press conference on 15 August. Then the accounts diverge.

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