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 Does the Future Hold for Somalia?

Somalia's first elected government in more than two decades won power a year ago and, together with the African Union force, has the opportunity to create "a window of opportunity to fundamentally change Somalia's trajectory," according to the U.S. State Department. Business is growing and even foreign oil companies are negotiating concessions at the most hopeful moment in decades for that failed state.

In this image, police leave the mall. (Photo: AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan)

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