10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab
U.S. Role in Fight Against Al-Shabab?
The United States backed the first African intervention against al-Shabab, supporting Ethiopian troops that invaded in 2006. Washington has given millions of dollars to support the U.N.-backed African force fighting al-Shabab, which it designated a foreign terrorist organization in 2008. The intervention from Ethiopia, a longtime enemy of Somalia, is considered to have radicalized al-Shabab and perhaps pushed it into the arms of al-Qaida, according to the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In this image, an officer takes cover during a firefight with terrorists. (Photo: AP Photo/Ben Curtis)