Black Hawk Down

In Somalia, a New Template for Fighting Terrorism

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ANARCHY Two policemen lay dead last July. But a new government may now have an interest in allowing attacks on terrorist leaders.

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

Published: October 17, 2009

Somalia isn’t just a nagging geopolitical headache that won’t go away. It is also a cautionary tale. Few countries in modern history have been governmentless for so long, and as the United States has learned, it would be nice to think you could ignore this wild, thirsty, mostly nomadic nation 7,000 miles away. But you can’t. Read the rest of this entry »