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How to tackle the terrorist threat in East Africa

Somali government security forces patrol the streets of Elasha town 30 km (18 miles) northwest, between Mogadishu and the former rebel stronghold of Afgoye, June 2, 2012, during an operation to arrest suspected al-Shabaab suspects. Al Shabaab has in the last nine months surrendered territory under military pressure in and around Mogadishu and in parts of southern and central Somalia where they are battling Ethiopian and Kenyan forces. Picture taken June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - GM1E8631S8Q01

Evidence suggests that indiscriminate crackdowns on militants are counterproductive Image: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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