A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War

The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.,

A ruined tank left over from Somalia's civil war in the 1990s, in Mogadishu, in April.
A ruined tank left over from Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s, in Mogadishu, in April.

A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War

The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.

A ruined tank left over from Somalia’s civil war in the 1990s, in Mogadishu, in April.Credit…

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