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Shabaab gains in Somalia due to ‘lapses in offensive counterterrorism operations’ | FDD’s Long War Journal
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Shabaab gains in Somalia due to ‘lapses in offensive counterterrorism operations’ | FDD’s Long War Journal

The US State Department said that al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa has prospered over the past year “due largely to lapses in offensive counterterrorism operations during 2016.” Additionally, State noted that Somali security forces “remained incapable of securing and retaking towns from al-Shabaab independently,” and while not explicitly stated, hinted that the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is failing.

State documented the dire situation in Somalia in its newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016. State’s analysis Somalia mirrors that of FDD’s Long War Journal, which has warned that Shabaab has maintained its safe havens and retaken ground in the south, forced poorly resourced African Union forces to cede territory after spectacular complex assaults, and continues to plot against the US and the West.

Source: Shabaab gains in Somalia due to ‘lapses in offensive counterterrorism operations’ | FDD’s Long War Journal