Tag Archive | AMISOM

Can Military Might Alone Defeat al-Shabaab?

March 21, 2017by Mustafa Bananay A Somali woman walks past a soldier protecting a nomad settlement at Sadumay. Somalia, December 1, 2014 (Sipa/Associated Press) Developing a “security pact” to tackle insurgent jihadists al-Shabaab, who continue to stifle state-building efforts, is one of the key agenda items at the upcoming high-level conference on Somalia scheduled for […]

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THE RESILIENCE OF AL-SHABAAB

From West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center Author(s): Christopher Anzalone Abstract: In the face of major territorial, military, and economic setbacks, the Somali insurgent-jihadi group al-Shabaab has proven remarkably resilient thanks to pragmatic decision-making and skilled tactical maneuvering. With strong interpersonal ties and a capable internal security network, the group’s senior leadership continues to maintain overall […]

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Why are efforts to counter al-Shabab falling so flat?

From Brookings Institution Editors’ Note: Al-Shabab’s operational capacities and intimidation power have grown in the past year, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown. Many of Kenya’s counterterrorism policies have been counterproductive, and counterinsurgency efforts by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have at best stagnated. This piece was originally published by The Cipher Brief. April 2 marked one […]

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Somalia: Why is Al-Shabaab Still A Potent Threat?

International Crisis Group By Abdul Khalif & Cedric Barnes | @CedricHoA This year, the armed Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab has notched up a series of bloody successes against both Somali targets and the African Union peace-enforcement mission AMISOM. Meanwhile, the international community has been busy cajoling principals of the Somali federal and state governments into […]

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Al-Shabab ‘retakes’ key Somalia port city of Merca

BBC Image copyrightAPImage captionAl-Shabab went into the town soon after African Union forces retreated Islamist militant group al-Shabab has taken control of the port city Merca, residents say. However the African Union force insists it still has control of the town. The governor of Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region Ibrahim Adam told the AFP news agency […]

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Three things we learned from last week’s al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

By Paul D. Williams January 19 at 2:30 PM Members of the Kenya Defense Forces in Nairobi carry the casket of a comrade serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia, who was killed during an attack last week by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group. (Thomas Mukoya/ Reuters) On Jan. 15, al-Shabaab’s Saleh Nabhan brigade […]

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Amisom troops kill 20 Shabaab militants

Addis Ababa, 25 September, 2015(WIC) – At least 20 al Shabaab militias have been killed by Amisom and Somalia National Army troops in Hiraan, central Somalia. Amisom said this happened after al Shabaab fighters launched a guerilla assault on Amisom and SNA bases in two villages a few kilometres from Baladweyne. Several other fighters were injured.“Despite […]

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Al-Shabab’s Resilient Insurgency

  From Foreign Policy African Union troops are having their “worst year” in Somalia since 2011. Can they still mount a final offensive against the al Qaeda-linked group? BY TY MCCORMICK TOROTOROW, Somalia — African Union troops, draped in shimmering belts of ammunition and sweating under the weight of their body armor, kept an uneasy watch […]

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Somali, AU troops capture another Shebab stronghold

AFP | Somali government soldiers. File photo Image by: REUTERS/Feisal Omar / REUTERS Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Friday captured the Shebab stronghold of Dinsor, the second town seized from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists this week, the defence minister said. While Dinsor fell without a major fight, with Shebab gunmen fleeing ahead of […]

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Al-Shabab kills Somali soldiers in attack on army base

From The BBC Al-Shabab has stepped up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan Al-Shabab militants have killed at least five soldiers in an overnight attack on an army base in the southern Somali port of Kismayo. Islamist fighters beheaded some of the captured Somali soldiers after briefly taking over the camp, witnesses told […]

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