Elusive Rewards of the Expanding U.S. “Shadow Wars”

Neha Ansari

Any optimism that the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab had been permanently subdued was brutally disabused in mid-January, when an armed assault on an upscale city block in Nairobi left at least 21 people dead. The tragedy should once again raise questions about the United States’ implicit theory of victory underlying its heavy and increasing use of drone strikes in counterterrorism operations in Somalia and beyond.

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