A Trumpian War on Terror That Just Keeps Getting Bigger

But according to Trump’s Principles, Standards, and Procedures, the administration has afforded special-operations forces even greater latitude to conduct drone strikes in Somalia, no longer restricting them to strikes carried out in self-defense, as they had been under the Obama administration. In the past year and a half, the United States has drastically escalated its drone war in Somalia, conducting at least 33 strikes in 2017 and 21 thus far this year, compared to 13 in 2016 and five in 2015, according to New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. According to Africom, air strikes have targeted mid- and high-level al-Shabaab figures, the most notable of whom was Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabaab’s then-emir, who was killed in a U.S. air strike in 2014. (Africom press statements have not indicated which leaders have been killed in the past year.) As a result, the group’s key

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