What Is Al-Shabaab And What Do They Want In East Africa?
U.S. Launches Air Strike Targeting Al Shabaab in Somalia
Al Shabaab Explained
What is the Al Shabab insurgency?
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda. In February 2012, some of the group's leaders quarreled with Al-Qaeda over the union, and quickly lost ground. Al-Shabaab's troop strength was estimated at 7,000 to 9,000 militants in 2014. As of 2015, the group has retreated from the major cities, however al-Shabaab stills controls large parts of the rural areas.