10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab

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  • How Many Fighters Does It Have?
  • 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?

Al-Qaida Links?

Al-Shabab and al-Qaida in February 2012 announced their alliance, with al-Shabab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubair pledging allegiance to the global terror movement. Al-Qaida's 2002 attacks on an Israeli-owned Kenyan resort in Mombasa and an attempted attack on a plane carrying Israeli tourists are believed to have been planned by an al-Qaida cell in Somalia. U.S. officials believe some of the al-Qaida terrorists who bombed the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 were given refuge in Somalia.

In this image, Kenya security personnel move to take position outside the Westgate Mall. (Photo: AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

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