The War on the Rocks website published on 26 October 2016 a commentary titled "Is the Coalition Fighting Al-Shabaab Falling Apart?" by Joshua Meservey, Heritage Foundation, and Kelsey Lilley, Atlantic Council.
The authors conclude that both AMISOM and Somali forces remain locked in a fierce struggle with al-Shabaab in key areas of Somalia, with small towns and military bases intermittently changing hands. Al-Shabaab remains a dangerous, committed terror organization, and it is in the interests of many countries, including the United States, to defeat it. Yet the most effective military force fighting al-Shabaab is showing cracks that require swift, smart solutions, lest they result in permanent fractures.