Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let Somalia Go the U.S. Should End an Unsuccessful Effort

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let Somalia Go the U.S. Should End an Unsuccessful Effort

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The United States carried out an aircraft and drone attack at Raso, Somalia, Saturday that killed a claimed 150 members of the militia group al-Shabab.

Administration officials said the strike was conducted in anticipation of an al-Shabab assault on American interests or the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, which the United States finances and advises.

Americans should be troubled by the deadly attack for several reasons.

* Although the Pentagon claims there weren't any civilian casualties and that all of the victims were Islamic militants, that is hard to believe. The U.S. military acknowledged that the attack on the al-Shabab training camp occurred during a graduation ceremony. Were any civilians in attendance? Who knows?

* The assault is the latest U.S. military strike in a decades- long failed effort to install a sustainable government after the collapse of authority in Somalia in 1991. The collapse triggered a humanitarian crisis that led to many deaths from hunger and disease. …

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