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About "Withdrawal from Somalia"
The US has direct military involvement in Somalia and extensive military aid to neighboring countries, trying to reduce the effectiveness of the terrorist group Al-Shabab (also spelled Al-Shabaab). But US involvement only fuels the fire. Al-Shabab derives its support by recruiting from people angry about foreign intervention in their country and by the excesses and abuses of the US-backed Somali government that uses harsh measures to crack down. The net result is that our counter-terrorism efforts are only making things worse. The best policy is to disengage from Somalia and tell the warring factions to negotiate a political settlement. Whatever happens after we pull out, it won’t be worse and will likely be better than what we’re supporting now.
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