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Defending Broadened U.S. Strikes Against al Shabaab?

A few days ago, Paul McCleary at Foreign Policy reported on U.S. airstrikes against al Shabaab, undertaken in defense of AMISOM forces.  McCleary asked, “Is there a new U.S. airstrike policy in East Africa?”  My question is, “Is there a new legal theory supporting U.S. airstrikes against al Shabaab?”  The most likely of possible answers: The United States could be acting on behalf of the Somali government, assisting it in its non-international armed conflict with al Shabaab.

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