In November, 15 years into the “Global War on Terror,” the Obama administration expanded the scope of the war. The outgoing administration declared al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part of the armed conflict that Congress approved in its Authorization of Military Force resolution after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In doing so, President Obama opened the way for more aggressive military operations against the group.
In recent years, the African Union led military efforts that pushed al-Shabab away from its strongholds. But the group continues to recruit mostly young Somali men into its ranks.
Meanwhile, Somalia’s government has concluded that the way to defeat al-Shabab is to prevent young people from supporting and joining violent extremist groups to begin with.… Seguir leyendo »