Terrorism

Shabaab’s leadership fights Islamic State’s attempted expansion in East Africa

“The Islamic State has made a big push to win the loyalty of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, and fighters in its ranks. For months, Islamic State boosters on social media have predicted Shabaab’s imminent defection. And the ‘caliphate’ recently released numerous propaganda videos encouraging Somali jihadists to switch their allegiance from al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed ‘Caliph Ibrahim.’ The videos targeting Shabaab’s rank and file have starred jihadists in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.”

Source: Shabaab’s leadership fights Islamic State’s attempted expansion in East Africa | The Long War Journal

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