Al Shabaab from local to regional and global terror threat


  • Shaul Shay International Institute for Counter Terrorism Policy



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


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.



2022-01-09 — Updated on 2023-06-04


How to Cite

Shay, S. (2023). Al Shabaab from local to regional and global terror threat. Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies, 1(3), 21–41. (Original work published January 9, 2022)