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The Rise of Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab emerged as the radical youth wing of Somalia's now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts in 2006. Now, al-Shabab has joined ranks with al-Qaeda and controls much of the Southern and Central parts of the country. The group has claimed responsibility for several instances of civilian kidnappings and bombings and plans to institute Islamic law across the entire country.

 

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