Friday, July 22, 2011

"Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa"

I'm quoted in Bernie Quigley's blog post yesterday for The Hill on Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa:
The southern parts of Somalia are the drought crisis's "ground zero," as David Shinn, the U.S.'s former ambassador to Ethiopia, put it in an interview with the authors. This creates a perplexing dynamic, since the dominant force in the drought-stricken areas of Somalia is al Shabaab, the extremist, al Qaeda-linked militia that many U.S. policymakers see as the region's most significant strategic challenge.

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