Somalia, as it stands today, is relatively young but has suffered incredible humanitarian and political strife. "An estimated 350,000 Somalis die[d] of disease, starvation, or civil war," writes The Atlantic, and in 1992, the U.S. and U.N. started providing military and humanitarian aid. It's in that self-contained tornado that the catastrophically deadly group, Al-Shabab, sprang into existence. Having outlived scores of rival radicals, Al-Shabab is now desperately thrashing as the military walls close in from its neighbors and U.S.-backed forces. The Washington Post writes the group controls "ever-diminishing swaths of the country, mostly its southern regions, though it has continued to mount attacks on Mogadishu.
Source: Ethiopian News January 11, 2018 12:56 UTC