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    Fire Watch: Inside the Fight by National Guardsmen to Repel a Terrorist Attack in Somalia

    Fire Watch: Inside the Fight by National Guardsmen to Repel a Terrorist Attack in Somalia

    In late 2019, an explosion rumbled across a remote vista in , disturbing the low brush and red-brown dirt surrounding a lonely American airfield. It rattled the bolts of the decades-old and buckled the knees of the National Guard soldiers tasked with defending it. Capt. Nagai – the commander of the unit – and his Charlie Troopers knew the attack was coming.

    A truck, up-armored and sickly yellow against its trailing dust cloud, broke off from the group. Unbeknownst to the soldiers inside the base, that truck carried one of the largest known vehicle-borne explosive devices on the African continent. And it was bound for them.

    In 2019, as the Global War on Terror superficially appeared to be winding down, regular troops – many of whom are police officers, fire fighters, college students, and delivery drivers in their civilian jobs – found themselves at the tip of a long spear that many Americans don't realize is still aimed against terrorism, this battle centered in Somalia.

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    • Drew F. Lawrence interviews Capt. London Nagai, the commander of Charlie Troop about their thwarting of the al-Shabaab attack on Baledogle Airfield on September 30, 2019.
    • Guests Dr. Tricia Bacon, an extremism expert and professor at American University, and W.J. Bennigan of TIME Magazine help explain the significance of the al-Shabaab extremist group and what the Global War on Terror looks like in…

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