In Somalia, Iran Is Replicating Russia’s Afghan Strategy

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim and Mo Fatah, Foreign Policy

Image by VladoZg from Pixabay
Image by VladoZg from Pixabay

Iran has established covert ties with the Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorist group well known for its attacks in the Horn of Africa. Following Russia’s playbook in Afghanistan and the surrounding regions, Tehran is allegedly using al-Shabab to attack the U.S. military and other foreign forces in Somalia and in the region, according to senior Somali government and security officials familiar with intelligence and briefed on the matter.


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