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What Is The Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabab Terrorist Group?

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What Is The Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabab Terrorist Group?

By Greg Norman

Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organization based in Somalia, has become the target of a growing number of U.S. airstrikes during President Trump’s administration.

The militants belonging to the group have fought for years to impose a strict version of Islam in the Horn of Africa nation, while also launching attacks in neighboring countries like Kenya, where they killed a U.S. service member and two American contractors for the Pentagon in January 2020.

“Al-Shabab’s continued attacks degrade the Somali government’s ability to both provide security and alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in the country, and its influence in Somalia undermines the United States’ efforts to prevent the use of Somalia as a refuge for international terrorists,” reads a Council on Foreign Relations profile of the group.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/world/al-shabab-terrorist-group-somalia-al-qaeda