Al-Shabab, a terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda, might be defeated with the help of a clan alliance led by the Somali government.
Under three U.S. presidential administrations, from Obama and Trump to the Biden administration, the covert war against terrorists in Somalia grew more intense. This shouldn’t be shocking as consistency is fundamental to American counterterrorism policy efforts. The Somali clan strategy, an indigenously led operation, is posing an increasingly serious challenge to the terrorists’ ability to operate in Somalia. Since May of last year, when President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s new administration took office, Somalis have been generously supporting clan militias, which has boosted the resentful Somali population’s resolve to fight al-Shabab.