06 Dec 2018

In Somalia, Businesses Face Triple ‘Taxation’ by Militants

Competition between Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State groups in Somalia is further stifling economic activity across the area through forced taxation. “Business are paying three taxes today, Al-Shabab taxes, Daesh taxes, and the normal government taxes,” according to the former director of the National Intelligence Agency in Somalia. “If they don’t

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19 Nov 2018

Islamic State warns Al-Shabaab of impending battle in Somalia

“The most recent issue of the Islamic State’s weekly Al Naba newsletter directly threatens Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa. Al Naba’s authors warn Shabaab of an impending clash, saying the al Qaeda arm has restarted its campaign to rout Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization from Somalia. ‘As we

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01 Nov 2018

Al-Shabab’s former No. 2 leader runs for office in Somalia

Somalia and supporting countries are expressing mixed opinions and confusion about how to respond to an Al-Shabab founder and former number 2 member who defected last year and is now campaigning for a regional presidency position. The candidate has openly discussed his departure from hardline Islamism, but the state is

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16 Aug 2018

Al-Shabaab’s Mata Hari Intelligence Network

A researcher has worked to document a surprising element within Al-Shabaab’s operational structure: the use of sex workers and street children in the group’s intelligence apparatus. “If you want information here,” said one interviewee, “you use the prostitutes and street kids – they see everything, go everywhere, and nobody notices

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10 Apr 2014

Somalia Report for April 10, 2014

The week saw continuing violence throughout the region. The AMISOM and SNA offensive recaptured further Al-Shabaab territory in South-central; more Al-Shabaab movement north was reported and increased Al-Shabaab operations outside of Somalia are reported. A detailed PDF report is available for download below. If you are interested in continuing to

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19 Mar 2014

Somalia Report for March 22 2014

This week saw continuing violence throughout the country. The AMISOM and SNA offensive recaptured more keys towns, however, Al-Shabaab is far from defeated with continuing violence in Mogadishu and other key urban areas. The following is a detailed security and political awareness report for Somalia. If you are interested in

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01 Feb 2011

Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland

Good morning. Today, we hold the third in a series of hearings on radicalization in the Muslim-American community. Our focus is the result of a lengthy investigation the Committee has conducted into the threat the U.S. homeland faces from al-Shabaab, the Somalia affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and Anwar

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