This came as a surprise to my wife, who was born in Somalia.
He subsequently insisted that he went to Somalia only to visit a sick grandmother.
And why does stoning seem to be facing a popular resurgence in Afghanistan, Iran, and in the lesser-known battlefields of Somalia?
These last are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Yemen.
“They have targeted a very susceptible community and been able to play on Somali-American ties back to Somalia,” he says.
But Al-Qaeda remains a strong force in Yemen and Somalia, in Libya and other parts of North Africa, in Iraq, and now in Syria.
Last year in Somalia, two women were sentenced to death for adultery by the militant group al-Shabab and then stoned.
Even if defeated in Afghanistan, they will find anchorage in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, London, and New Jersey.
Ships were transiting without security through the Indian Ocean, near Somalia, and ripe for the picking.
Poets in Somalia hold an inordinate sway over the indigenous population.
country named for the indigenous Somali people, whose name (attested in English by 1814) is of unknown origin.
Note: Britain, France, and Italy established protectorates in the area in the late 1880s. Somalia gained independence in 1960.
Note: Civil war and famine have recently ravaged the country. In 1992, the United States embarked on a humanitarian intervention designed to ensure delivery of food supplies to the population. After American troops were drawn into a conflict between local warlords and suffered casualties, the United States withdrew from Somalia in 1994. The country currently lacks any central government.