10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab

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  • Why Are They Attacking Kenya?
  • Al-Qaida Links?
  • Where Does Al-Shabab's Money Come From?
  • Fractured Group?
  • U.S. Role in Fight Against Al-Shabab?
  • What Inspires Them?
  • What Does the Future Hold for Somalia?
  • What Is Al-Shabab?
  • Where Is Al-SHabab?
  • How Many Fighters Does It Have?

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)

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