Somalia gears up for final offensive
In 2007, US Special Forces tried to kill Ahmed Madobe. Today, he is a key ally, working to run Al Shabaab out of Somalia.
Itís been a long-fought battle with the Al Qaeda affiliate, one that may reach its end ó at least in conventional military terms ó in the days ahead as a regional coalition makes its way to the port town of Kismayo, the militant groupís last remaining stronghold.
Madobeís remarkable turnaround from terrorist enemy to trusted friend is emblematic of the pragmatism and shifting allegiances that have helped make Somalia a graveyard for foreign peace efforts over the last two decades.
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