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10 years ago

Image: August 31, 2015 photo of an al Shabaab brigade tweeted from an Islamic State affiliated Twitter account.  Tweet describes the photo as Mujahideen of East Africa.Al Shabaab (Arabic for “the youth”), an Islamic militant group that seeks to create an Islamic state in Somalia, formed in 2004 as the militant wing of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), a network of Islamist militant tribes that controlled southern and central Somalia. Al Shabaab has waged an insurgency against Somalia’s transitional governments and its Ethiopian supporters since the ICU lost power in December 2006. Fighting between Al Shabaab and Somali government forces…

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