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Vol 52 No 24

Published 2nd December 2011


Kenya

It rained on their invasion

The war in Somalia gives President Mwai Kibaki’s government a leading role for which it looks ill-prepared

Six weeks into the fighting, unintended consequences haunt Kenya’s invasion of Somalia: rising xenophobia, terrorist attacks in Nairobi and other local insecurity, and changes in East Africa’s security strategy, with Uganda and Ethiopia taking a more robust military role within Somalia (AC Vol 52 No 22). As regional governments step up their assault on Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s feeble Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu has not taken advantage of the new political opening. Instead, it looks suspiciously at the growing regional presence in its country.

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