Can drone strikes defeat al-Shabaab?
26 March 2016, 17:38
Mogadishu – The
United States announced earlier this month that it had used both drones and
manned aircraft to kill at least 150 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia, a move the
Pentagon says was necessary to stop an imminent attack on US and African Union
forces in the country.
of the US drone programme however, argue such strikes create more enemies than
the number of fighters joining al-Shabab having nearly doubled since 2013, how
can the armed group be defeated?
this week's Arena, Somalia's former
special envoy to the US Abukar Arman, who has called drone strikes a
"priceless propaganda tool" for al-Shabaab, is in debate with the
country's former deputy prime minister Ahmed Abdisalam Adan, who says the
strikes are needed.