The report of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) technical assessment mission regarding the situation in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique makes interesting, if worrying, reading.

It has clearly been drawn up by military professionals, but is concerning because either they were given an upper limit for force composition and level regardless of their findings, or they are dangerously confident that Ansar al Sunnah is an incompetent and inept force that will be easily suppressed...

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