The U.S. Embassy returned to Somalia just last year, 28 years after diplomats and staffers fled. The Danab forces also serve as a model for how the rest of Somali military forces can develop to be “more meritocracy and less clan-focused,” said Omar Mahmood, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. Somali forces cannot contain the al-Shabab threat on its own, the report said. The U.S. has been the most engaged security partner in Somalia “willing to get down and dirty,” he added. At least keep U.S. forces in Somalia until after the elections, Felbab-Brown wrote this week, warning of possible post-election violence or al-Shabab taking advantage of any chaos.
Source: Ethiopian News November 26, 2020 10:07 UTC