Al Shabaab from local to regional and global terror threat

Authors

  • Shaul Shay International Institute for Counter Terrorism Policy

Keywords:

Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, AMISOM, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, suicide bombings, cross border attacks

Abstract

The Al-Shabaab group, is an off-shoot of the former Islamic Courts Union (ICU) of Somalia and the branch of Al-Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Al-Shabaab seeks to overthrow the government in Somalia and to establish an Islamic emirate ruled by a strict version of Shariah law.

In recent months, Al-Shabaab has stepped up its attacks as Somalia has been rocked by political crisis, the withdrawal of most of the US's troops from Somalia and a pause in American drone strikes that had targeted the Al-Shabaab group and its leaders.

Al-Shabaab poses a serious threat not only to Somalia’s security but also to that of the African continent and the globe at large. It adheres to the same global Islamist ideology as Al-Qaeda and has made several public statements pledging allegiance to the group and praising its leaders.

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Published

2022-01-09

How to Cite

Shay, S. (2022). Al Shabaab from local to regional and global terror threat. Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies, 1(3). Retrieved from https://jceeas.bdi.uni-obuda.hu/index.php/jceeas/article/view/35

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