The redeployment of U.S. troops back into Somalia is a welcome decision. However, the continent of Africa at large is struggling to cope with growing terrorist threats. Home to a growing number of Jihadist organizations, Africa is a new key front in the fight against terrorism. Eliminating these threats demands deepened U.S. involvement and its allies to partner with local forces and commit to a sustained U.S. military presence on the ground.
Abdi Yusuf is an international affairs researcher and a freelance writer based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Born and raised in Somalia, he lived in Israel for over ten years and holds both a BA and MA in Government from IDC Herzliya, with a specialization in Counterterrorism and Conflict Resolution. He has volunteered at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, contributed articles to Africanexus, Foreign policy, and co-authored “How Do Terrorist Organizations Make Money? Terrorist Funding and Innovation in the Case of al-Shabaab.”