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Vol 59 No 22

Published 9th November 2018


US strikes, Shabaab gains

US operations increase but the Islamists are showing resilience. The government is trying to manage expectations

The most lethal United States drone strike against Al Shabaab in over a year killed about 60 fighters at Aga Adde, near Galharere in the Central Region, on 16 October. The US offensive has increased in tempo since President Donald Trump decided to give the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) a freer hand in the Horn. Strikes against Al Shabaab went from 14 in 2016, to 35 in 2017 (including four aimed to target Islamic State adherents in the Qandala area).

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