Blog Posts: Somalia

al-Shahaab Raid Justified by AUMF

On October 5, 2013, US Navy SEALS conducted a raid to capture Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, a Kenyan national, in Somalia. Abdikadir is a senior member of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Considering that U.S. embassy operations are currently suspended in Somalia, and the United States is not engaged in a military conflict with Somalia outside of performing support obligations to the Africa Union through NATO, under what authority was the United States acting?


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No Comments | Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Wed. February 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: African Union, AUMF, Customary International Law, Kenya, Somalia, Syria

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