Somalia Bombing Exposed the Security Cracks That Have Allowed Al-Shabab to Thrive

Somalis carry the body of a man killed by the truck bombing, Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 14, 2017 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).
Somalis carry the body of a man killed by the truck bombing, Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 14, 2017 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

On Oct. 14, a huge truck bombing in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 350 people, the deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history. The manner and scale of the attack reveal much about the security situation in Somalia and the ongoing war against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. In an email interview, Yasin Ahmed Ismail, who leads GLAFPOL, a research, analysis and consultancy group operating in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, explains the faults in Somalia’s security system, the government’s ongoing campaign against al-Shabab, and how the Trump administration’s intensified engagement in Somalia could change things […]

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