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Trump’s Military Escalation in Somalia Is Spurring Hope and Fear
By Jane Ferguson
April 5, 2018
The U.S. military is fighting a shadow war with Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group that still controls large swathes of Somalia.
Photograph by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP / Getty
Over the last eleven years, the once makeshift military base at the end of the runway at the Mogadishu airport has turned into a bustling mini town. Sandwiched between concrete barriers and a jagged coastline, the base hosts scores of recently returned diplomats, aid workers, and United Nations staff members, along with thousands of African
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