Shabaab

Analysis: Shabaab advertises its al Qaeda allegiance

Since late April, Shabaab has released a series of videos emphasizing its place in al Qaeda's global network. Two of the videos were recorded by the group's emir, Abu Ubaydah Ahmad Umar, a normally reclusive figure. Abu Ubaydah refers to the Taliban's emir as the "Commander of the Faithful" and Ayman al Zawahiri as the "father-emir" while addressing the mujahideen in Syria and Yemen. Read more >

Analysis: Islamic State ramps up attack claims in Somalia

The Islamic State has claimed several attacks inside Somalia in the past month, further outpacing the past two years in claimed attacks in the country. While the Islamic State has had a difficult time establishing a foothold inside the country, its claimed operations paints a picture of its areas of operation and types of operations it conducts. Read more >

US killed Shabaab commander in recent strike

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that its July 30 "kinetic strike" killed Ali Jabal, a Shabaab commander who led forces and conducted attacks in Mogadishu and the Banadir regions in southern Somalia. The targeting of Shabaab leaders has not prevented the group from regaining ground in the south. Read more >

Shabaab overruns base in northern Somalia

Between 30 and 60 Puntland troops are reported to have been killed after Shabaab overran a base in the Galgala mountains. Fighters from al Qaeda's branch in East Africa have successfully overrun Somali and African Union bases in the past and inflicted high casualties. Read more >

Kenyan soldier held hostage since Jan. 2016 appears in Shabaab video

Shabaab, al Qaeda's branch in Somalia, has released a video of a Kenyan soldier who was captured during a Jan. 15, 2016 raid on an AMISOM base in El Adde. The UN found that approximately 150 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the attack and another 11 were taken hostage. The jihadists' attack in El Adde was "the largest military defeat in Kenyan history," according to the UN. Read more >