History repeats itself, nowhere more so than in Somalia. As was widely predicted at the time, the Ethiopian intervention in 2006 did little more than galvanise radical Islamism. Clans who had fought each other for years united against the foreign invader, one which they had little difficulty in portraying as Christian. Five years later, after a series of bombings and cross-border kidnappings, Kenya deployed thousands of troops in Somalia’s Juba valley in an invasion that was ill-thought out, ill-prepared, and with loose military objectives.
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