Ido Levy is an associate fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy focusing on counterterrorism and military operations, particularly relating to jihadist groups.
Articles & Testimony
The country’s terrorist challenge grew in the absence of American forces, requiring the Biden administration to reestablish strong connections with local personnel on the ground.
A clear pattern has emerged in Somalia: with close U.S. support, the American-trained Danab Brigade is an asset. Without it, the unit stagnates or becomes counterproductive. Perhaps one day, Danab will stand on its own, capable of sustained operations without much American involvement. But for now, Somalia needs our help to ensure we can effectively fight our common enemy. The return of U.S. forces is a welcome development that will bring renewed energy to the effort to defeat al-Shabaab...