Foreign policy experts will tell you that intervention always carried inherent risks. American involvement in the ongoing conflicts in Somalia was further complicated when a recent drone strike reportedly killed ten members of an allied clan militia. The clansmen had been fighting alongside the US forces against al Shabaab. The human cost of this mistake will not be forgotten and it feeds into a wider narrative of American failings.

This article offer valuable insight and background information for anyone with an interest in the region.

From the Washington Post

The Pentagon said it killed Islamist militants in Somalia. Turns out they were allies.

“Small aircraft, sounding like flies, started hovering over us,” said one survivor, Ali Adan Mohamed. “At about six in the morning the airstrike started, the aircraft fired three missiles.

“I believed that the U.S. was neutral, but now it seems to me that they have sided with one of two clans,” he said.

When Galmadug state officials heard what happened, they were furious with the Americans.

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