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Vol 42 No 24

Published 7th December 2001

The focus shifts

After dislodging the Taliban in Afghanistan the USA has north-east Africa in its sights

This week, policymakers in Washington are debating what to do about Islamist terrorists in the Horn of Africa. There is much excited talk about joint anti-terror operations involving United States, Ethiopian and even British forces. For now, almost nothing is ruled out. The most energetic Islamist group in the Horn itself is Al Itahaad al Islamiya, an early candidate for Washington's frozen assets list in September.

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