Collateral Damage in the War on Terror: Somalia

In December 2006, Ethiopia toppled Somalia's Islamic government, opening up another active front in the War on Terror. The Bush administration provided the invading troops with intelligence and diplomatic support, in an attempt to capture or kill three senior al-Qaeda operatives thought to be living under the protection of the Islamic regime. Despite U.S. air strikes aimed at the operatives, they remain at large, and Somali leaders contend that many civilians were killed by the attacks.

The invasion shattered a six-month period of peace secured by the Islamic government — which critics condemned as marked by Taliban-style rights abuses, but supporters praised as the longest period of normalcy since Somalia's 1991 revolution. The post-invasion government backed by the U.S. and Ethiopia has failed to control the country, resulting in widespread violence and a humanitarian crisis.

David Case traveled throughout the Horn of Africa to investigate the implications of the invasion for the War on Terror, and examine how the potential benefits to American security weigh against the impact of added turmoil in one of the world's most war-torn regions.

The U.S. Military's Assassination Problem

In 2004, when an American missile fired from a Predator drone killed Taliban leader Nek Mohammed, an observer told a journalist that the bombing was so exact it "didn't damage any of the buildings around the lawn where Mohammed was seated." It was an endorsement, if ever there was one, of the Bush administration's post-9/11 efforts at assassinations using what are known as decapitation attacks.

Anomaly Radio's Scott Horton Show features David Case

Anomaly Radio's Scott Horton Show featured reporter David Case on Friday, March 28 at 1:15 p.m. EST. Case discussed his reporting and recent article, "The U.S. Military's Assassination Problem," which is featured in April's Mother Jones.

The Scott Horton Show airs Monday through Friday from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. ETS on KAOS 95.9FM.

David Case appears on PBS program Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange host Daljit Dhaliwal interviewed Pulitzer Center grant recipient David Case this week. Daljit discussed with David the U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia one year ago as well as what is consequently happening there today.

The interview aired for one week, beginning on January 11, 2008.

Round One: Winning Essays

In March 2008, The Pulitzer Center partnered with Helium to launch its first round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Contest. Find the winning essays here.