This is Al-Shabab. They’re Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia. ISIS wants them on their side.
They’ve released six videos this month.
Each calls for Al-Shabab to drop Al-Qaeda and to join ISIS, instead. ISIS has tried to court Al-Shabab once before.
It didn’t work. But ISIS seems to be influencing at least some Al-Shabab’s members.
A recent report from Voice of America says Al-Shabab has arrested more than 30 of its members after they distributed pro-ISIS leaflets.
Al-Shabab’s lost a lot of ground to AMISOM, an African coalition backed by the United Nations.
Still, it continues to threaten the region.
“When heavily armed gunmen from Al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group, stormed Garissa University in southern Kenya,” CNN correspondent Barbara Starr said.
It’s not clear whether this latest push will bring Al-Shabab over to ISIS’ side, but it might continue to chip away at its fighters in Somalia.
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