What Is Al-Shabaab And What Do They Want In East Africa?

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Al-Shabaab shot and killed 148 students at a Kenyan university. It’s the worst terrorist attack in Kenya since 1998. So, where exactly did al-Shabaab come from, and how strong are they now?

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Somali Militants Kill 147 at Kenyan University
“Somali militants burst into a university in eastern Kenya on Thursday and killed nearly 150 students in the worst terrorist attack since the 1998 bombing of the United States Embassy here, laying bare the nation’s continuing vulnerability after years of battling Islamist extremism.”

Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounders on Al Shabab
“Al-Shabab, or “the Youth,” is an al-Qaeda-linked militant group and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization fighting for the creation of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia.”

“The Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahidin-commonly known as al-Shabaab-was the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006.”

A weakened Al-Shabaab lashes out
“This week’s attack on Garissa University College is Al-Shabaab’s fifth major assault in Kenya in the past year and a half.”

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