Kenya and Somalia’s Long-Simmering Territorial Dispute Threatens to Boil Over

A member of Kenya’s security forces walks past a damaged police post after an attack by al-Shabab in the settlement of Kamuthe, Garissa county, Kenya, Jan. 13, 2020 (AP photo).
A member of Kenya’s security forces walks past a damaged police post after an attack by al-Shabab in the settlement of Kamuthe, Garissa county, Kenya, Jan. 13, 2020 (AP photo).

Somalia's semiautonomous Jubbaland region has become a proxy battleground in a Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute that is rooted in a disagreement over which direction the border between the two countries extends into the Indian Ocean. A 62,000-square-mile triangle of the Indian Ocean is driving a wedge in the Horn of Africa. For years, Kenya and Somalia have been at odds over the pie-shaped slice of the sea, to which each lays a claim and which is believed to contain sizable oil and gas deposits. But tensions between the two have been rising in recent months and are magnifying a standoff between […]

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