10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab
Where Does Al-Shabab's Money Come From?
Before African troops moved in, al-Shabab was making a steady income from duties and fees levied at ports and airports as well as extorting taxes on domestic produce and demanding "jihadi" contributions. A United Nations report estimated al-Shabab's income in 2011 at between $70 million and $100 million. It has lost most of that revenue since it was forced out of Mogadishu and Kismayo. Al-Shabab's only ally in Africa is Eritrea — which backs it to counter its enemy Ethiopia, which also has troops in Somalia. Eritrea denies charges that it helps arm al-Shabab.
In this image, a security officer helps a wounded woman outside the Westgate Mall Sunday.(Photo: AP Photo/Khalil Senosi, File)