10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab

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  • 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?
  • Why Are They Attacking Kenya?
  • Al-Qaida Links?

What Inspires Them?

Al-Shabab is inspired by the Saudi Arabian Wahabi version of Islam though most Somalis belong to the more moderate Sufi strain. While they initially won popularity with Somalis by promising security and stability after years of lawlessness and violence, al-Shabab's destruction of Sufi shrines has cost them much support among locals.

In this image, relatives help a woman at the Nairobi City Mortuary after she identified the body of a loved one. (Photo: AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

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