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Has Al-Shabaab Stopped Targeting Civilians in Kenya?

Since December 2015, Al-Shabaab appears to have stopped intentionally targeting civilians in Kenya in an effort to win the hearts and minds of local Muslims. perez_newsbrief_sept_vol.36_no.5.pdfSomali jihadist terror group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, commonly known as Al-Shabaab (AS), appears to have shifted away from targeting civilians, largely due to local pressure.The group began to fight an insurgency against the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and its allies in 2006. Since 2011, it has also been involved in attacks in neighbouring Kenya after the country’s government decided to invade and occupy Southern Somalia. AS also pledged allegiance to Al-Qa’ida in 2012.Initially, AS’s …read more

Source: Royal United Services Institute (UK)

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