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The Las Anod Conflict

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The conflict in Las Anod, located in the Sool region of northern Somalia, is a multifaceted issue that encompasses historical, political, economic, and ethnic dimensions. The Dhulbahante clan, which is distinct from the Isaaq clan that dominates...

Security in Somalia: A Review of 2022

2022 was marked by the transition to a new administration in Somalia, the subsequent formation of a new government, and a civilian uprising against Al-Shabaab (AS) that began in Hiraan over the summer but took root in September. However, despite the widely reported...

Semi-annual Somalia Security Report

Summary The year 2020 had started with al-Shabab increasingly on the defensive but still very active offensively, as it had been subjected to a concerted effort by the allies conducting raids into the group's strongholds. By the first quarter of the year, the group...

Security in Somalia Q1 2020

The allies continue to maintain a shaky handle on AS this quarter, but the group is trying to bolster its urban terrorism campaign. Its IED campaign seems to be picking up, but its direct military attacks seemed to be stalling.  Introduction As a result of the...

The War in Somalia in 2019

Summary The year 2019 saw the effect of allied response to Al-Shabab’s focus on assassinations in 2018, when it had ratcheted up assassinations and reduced direct military raids. The allied response led to a significant reduction in assassinations, SVBIEDs, massed...

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