September 23, 2016

ONE VICTORY TO ANOTHER:

Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency in Somalia : Assessing the Campaign Against Al Shabaab (Seth G. Jones, Andrew Liepman, Nathan Chandler, Rand)

This report analyzes the U.S. and allied campaign against the al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia, examines what steps have been most successful against the group, and identifies potential recommendations. It concludes that, while al Shabaab was weakened between 2011 and 2016, the group could resurge if urgent steps are not taken to address the political, economic, and governance challenges at the heart of the conflict.

This study finds that a tailored engagement strategy -- which involved deploying a small number of U.S. special operations forces to conduct targeted strikes, provide intelligence, and build the capacity of local partner forces to conduct ground operations -- was key in degrading al Shabaab. 

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