By air, land and sea the U.S.-backed Kenyan military has liberated the port of Kismayo, the last major stronghold of the Al Shabab militant group in southern Somalia.
Six months after Ugandan and Burundian peacekeepers, also with American support, recaptured the capital city of Mogadishu from Al Shabab, the insurgent and terror group with ties to Al Qaeda is scattered and discredited. Al Shabab spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamed Rage said the militants were in “tactical retreat.”
What happens next is unclear. Somalia hasn’t possessed a strong central government since the 1991 overthrow of dictator Siad Barre. The current administration, heavily reliant on foreign assistance, is weak and mostly confined to the capital.