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Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

5th February 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab regains ground in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has retaken control several towns in southern Somalia after the withdrawal of African Union and government forces. more...

Analysis & Commentary

1st October 2016 – The Long War Journal

AFRICOM masks military operations in Somalia as ‘self defense strikes’

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to classify combat operations against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, as “self-defense strikes,” even though many of the incidents reported, such as the targeting of training camps and raids in Shabaab-held territory, are clearly offensive in nature. more...

2nd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Shabaab continues to strike popular hotels in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, Shabaab, continues to demonstrate that it can penetrate high security areas of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital city. In a suicide assault yesterday, Shabaab killed 13 people in a complex attack at the Ambassador’s Hotel. more...

1st June 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military targets senior Shabaab commander in Somalia

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a top military commander and planner for Shabaab, or al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, in an airstrike late last month. It is unclear if Da’ud was killed in the strike. more...

26th April 2016 – Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Can ‘leadership decapitation’ strikes defeat ISIS?

Bill Roggio

Recent actions by the U.S.-led military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reignited a much-debated component of counterterrorism policy called "leadership decapitation," which aims to dismantle organizations from the top down by taking out high-ranking officials — thus leaving groups in a state of leaderless disarray. Within the last month or so, the Defense Department has announced it has killed ISIS's minister of war and the group's supposed No. 2, known by many various noms de guerre. "[W]e are systemically eliminating ISIL's Cabinet," Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters in March (using another acronym for the group). more...