Somalia

A Somali soldier at Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu on June 13, 2018.

Does America Know Who Its Airstrike Victims Are?

A recent strike in Somalia raises questions about whether Africom investigates civilian casualties.

Local fishermen’s boats moor at Berbera port, in the breakaway territory of Somaliland, on July 21, 2018. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images)

For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?

Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.

A man prays at the burial of a friend on January 16, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya after al-Shabab militants stormed the Dusit hotel complex.

Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well

The brutal attack in Kenya is designed to show Washington and the world that the terrorist group is still a force to be reckoned with in East Africa.

Iraqi men flash the victory gesture from inside a car during the Hashed Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces' celebrations marking the first anniversary of victory over the Islamic State (IS) group on December 10, 2018. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS

One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar speaks to a group of volunteers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 13, 2018.

Two Muslim Women Are Headed to Congress. Will They Be Heard?

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have won, but the battle for a new brand of feminism in the Democratic Party and within Muslim communities has just begun.

Somali soldiers patrol Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia Is a Country Without an Army

The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump wait for a luncheon with African leaders on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department

One diplomat’s stinging resignation letter offers a glimpse into declining morale at the State Department under Trump.

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.

The scene of an exploded truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Oct. 14. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

From the ashes of the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off.

The aftermath of a car bomb in Mogadishu in July (STR/AFP/Getty Images).

Not All Amnesty Deals Are Made the Same

Somalia offered a deal to al-Shabab fighters willing to lay down their arms. Here’s why it didn’t work.

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Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. But despite the huge numbers involved, the situation has received little attention compared with other humanitarian crises around the world -- even within Nigeria. / AFP / STEFAN HEUNIS        (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Hunger Crisis Will Not Be Tweeted

Americans are exhausted keeping up with Donald Trump’s every tweet. People in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen are exhausted by violence and hunger.

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How to Tell a Story of Kidnapping and Climate Change in Somalia

Laura Heaton and Nichole Sobecki detail their reporting on Dr. Murray Watson and the impact his once thought-to-be lost work could have on the country decades later.

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Somalia’s Land is Dying. The People Will Be Next.

Images from the front lines of Africa's battle with climate change.

Garowe, Somalia: Abdulkadir Hasan Farah is a former pirate who now makes a living driving a taxi in Garowe. Growing up in the seaside community of Eyl, Abdulkadir followed his father into the fishing business. But the rise in illegal fishing made it increasingly difficult to earn a living. Twice foreign crews destroyed Abdulkadir’s nets, which were costly to replace. Broke and livid, he and some friends started taking guns out on their fishing trips to await foreign trawlers to hijack.

Somali pirates are some of the world’s most infamous villains, immortalized by Hollywood and feared by ships traversing the waters off the Horn of Africa. But when these gangs first emerged they were just fishermen, made desperate by the destruction of their seas by illegal fishing and toxic waste dumping. International patrol vessels now guard Somalia's coastline, keeping the pirates at bay but doing nothing to address the return of illegal fishing activity by Asian and European companies. Until the root causes of piracy are addressed this threat will linger, waiting to reclaim its waters. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Making of a Climate Outlaw

Extreme weather pushed a farmer and a fisherman to take up arms. These are their stories.

Outside Geerisa, Somalia: An armed policeman stands beside a riverbank swelled from a flash flood the night before that left several people dead. As Somalia gets hotter and drier, it is also more susceptible to deadly flash floods when eventual rain hits the parched earth.

To be Somali used to mean to roam the land with your camels and others herds, surviving on their milk and meat and making home wherever the rains fell. Three out of four Somalis depend on the land to survive, either by herding or farming. Yet the rains are becoming less frequent and drought the norm. Land is degraded out of desperation, and people’s historic resilience is broken down. As access to water and pasture shrink, so do people’s options. The result is a growing wave of violence that swells with each short rain, dry well and failed crop. Men with guns are as common here as dusty roads, and as the fragile ties linking communities together break down the choice becomes clear: fight or die. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Key to Saving Somalia is Gathering Dust in the British Countryside

What if there were a blueprint for climate adaptation that could end a civil war? An English scientist spent his life developing one—then he vanished without a trace.

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U.S. Navy SEAL Killed, Two Wounded, in Counter-Terror Raid in Somalia

Trump steps up the fight against terrorists in Africa and Middle East, leading to a wave of combat deaths.

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