July 29, 2012

U.S. the Driving Force Behind Somalia Fighting

David Cloud, Los Angeles Times

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Washington has been quietly equipping and training thousands of African soldiers to wage a widening proxy war against the Shabab, the Al Qaeda ally that has sparked alarm as foreign militants join its ranks.

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TAGGED: al-Qaeda, al Qaeda, Sierra Leone, al Shabaab, United States, Somalia, Africa, Kenya, African Union, Uganda


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