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Diagnosing Somalia’s “Failing” Transitional Government

by DAVID AXE The Combating Terrorism Center’s Sentinel journal for July features a “diagnosis” of Somalia’s embattled Transitional Federal Government. You might recall that both major sides in the current round of fighting hail from the Islamic Courts Union that formed in Mogadishu nearly a decade ago. The current TFG is centered on an alliance of moderate [...]
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Mercs Lose Mysterious Somalia Training Deal

Military / US Military : War is Boring (4 years ago)

Somalia's embattled Transitional Federal Government and the government of autonomous Puntland in nothern Somalia hired mercenary firm Saracen, along with with former Blackwater head Eric Prince, to train up pirate-fighting militias ... Read Post

Think Tank’s Bad Idea: Destabilize Somalia to Hurt Al Qaeda

Military / US Military : War is Boring (6 years ago)

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has some good ideas about, well, combating terrorism. Not so good is their advice for preventing Al Qaeda from finding refuge in failed states (Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.), and doin... Read Post

Building the Somali Navy, 500 Guys at a Time

Military / US Military : War is Boring (5 years ago)

by DAVID AXE In June, Somalia’s U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government established a new naval force to fight pirates. Somalia hasn’t had a navy or coast guard since the beginning of a brutal civil war in 1991. The TFG recruite... Read Post


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