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February 1, 2009 Special Dispatch No. 2223

Somali Journalist: Shabab Al-Mujahideen Has "Pledged Allegiance to a Man Hiding in a Cave"

February 1, 2009
Africa, Somalia | Special Dispatch No. 2223

The Salafi-jihadi movement Shabab Al-Mujahideen, which controls large parts of Somalia and has imposed Islamic law in the regions under its rule, is recently facing a wave of opposition in the country. Several groups have launched an armed struggle against it in Mogadishu and elsewhere,[1] while politicians and journalists have been criticizing it harshly. An example is an article by Somali journalist Ayanle Daad Ali accusing the movement of violence, incompetence and corruption, and calling upon it to disband....

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