"The fact that al Shabaab was attacked along three axes overstretched its conventional military capabilities. In that campaign, al Shabaab lost a lot of people. And ultimately it appears the Shabaab’s leadership decided it can’t sustain a conventional war with a militarily superior force."
—E.J. Hogendoorn, Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa Project Director, in “How Africa’s Most Threatening Terrorist Group Lost Control of Somalia”, The Atlantic