Mohamed Afrah Qanyare, an infamous warlord, was backed by the CIA for years. Qanyare was the key warlord involved with the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counterterrorism. The CIA-backed and funded Alliance was widely accused of kidnapping and extrajudicial killings. “My agenda is very clear,” he says. “I know Al Qaeda and Al Shabab. What we need is to fight with them mercilessly.”
For more on the US proxy wars in the horn of Africa, read Scahill’s article in this week’s issue of The Nation, “Blowback in Somalia.” For more from Scahill’s reporting from the region, read his article on “The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia,” from the August 1-8 issue of The Nation. For more from Richard Rowley, visit Big Noise Films’s website.
Credit: Richard Rowley, Big Noise Films