Al-Shabab: A Revenue Rebirth?

Aug 15, 2014

Al-Shabab’s economic strategy is dipping into new wealth, making the group ever more dangerous. By late 2008, it was estimated that al-Shabab controlled most of south-central Somalia. Although it took years of putting forces together and placing footholds in the country, the international...

Somalia’s War: The Al-Shabab Threat

Aug 13, 2014

Al-Shabab is no longer dominated by young nationalists, and its objectives have become blurred. Background Al-Shabab, a Somali militia, originated as a radical Islamist movement seeking to create a “Greater Somalia.” In 2006, it became a militant wing of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union...

Countering Al-Shabab: Somalia Needs a Change of Plan

Jul 31, 2014

By introducing anti-terrorism and counterterrorism measures, al-Shabab can be prevented from controlling East Africa. Harakat Shabab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabab, originated and operates in East Africa and is very influential along the Horn of Africa in Somalia. The terrorist...

Ethiopia in Somalia: What Next for Al-Shabab?

Jul 18, 2014

The high-water mark for al-Shabab’s popularity in Somalia has passed, amid the presence of Ethiopian forces.   After the September 2013 siege at Westgate Shopping Complex in Nairobi — a brazen operation that saw four terrorists kill at least 67 civilians — international attention...

Al-Shabab and the Kenya Attack: Influencing Politics?

Sep 27, 2013

What are the origins of Somalia's al-Shabab? Radical Islamists killed at least 67 people in Kenya, while dozens are still missing. Annette Weber talks about the history, structure and ideology of the al-Shabab militia, which is responsible for the terrorist attack in a shopping mall in...