October 19, 2017

TSC IntelBrief: Terror in Africa

The October 14 Mogadishu truck bombing that killed at least 320 people and wounded hundreds more was the worst terrorist attack in Somalia’s history — and a horrific reminder that progress and stability remain fleeting goals in that war-torn country.

• On October 14, Somalia suffered the worst terrorist attack in that country’s history when a truck bombing killed at least 320 people in Mogadishu.

• The U.S. has a robust military presence in Somalia working with local forces to target al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda affiliate believed to be behind the attack.

• On October 4, four elite U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group were killed in an ambush in Niger, where they were part of a long-standing CT mission.

• Across Africa, the U.S. is relying on small groups of Special Forces embedded with local forces to combat a growing terror threat.