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?

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)

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