An Opportunity to End the Conflict in Somalia

Members of Somalia's hardline al Shabaab rebel group ride on a pick-up truck north of the capital Mogadishu. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

When the Somali Islamist Group, al-Shabaab withdrew from Mogadishu last week, the move presented an excellent opportunity for the Somali government, and the African Union (AU) to consolidate their forces, and strengthen the defenses around the capital. Much more than that, it presented an opportunity to unify a country devastated by over 20 years of conflict, and to extend the now emboldened transitional government’s authority to other parts of the country.

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