What was the mindset behind the KDF’s blanket denials of the authenticity of the imagery?
Key vulnerabilities that have been raised repeatedly may have again played a role in the disaster. Notably, these include a lack of proper barriers and defensive measures to prevent or mitigate SVBIED attacks; insufficient intelligence/reconnaissance measures to detect and interdict massing militant forces prior to an attack; lack of Quick Reaction Force or inter-force cooperation to assist the forces under attack.
In July 2015, Burundian peacekeepers serving in AMISOM were ambushed by Al Shabaab near the town of Leego. With more information about the event now available via leaked Al Shabaab video, CONWAY WADDINGTON pieces together what happened.
Another year, another claim that Abubakar Shekau has been killed. He may well in fact be dead – but it would’t be the first time that the claims have proven wrong.
Here’s what we hope to do this time around, and what you can expect to see from us in the coming weeks.