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Al-Shabab is a threat to East Africa region - IGAD report

Al-Shabab is a threat to East Africa region - IGAD report

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<p>The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (<span class="caps">IGAD</span>) has officially labeled al-Shabab militants as a transnational security threat in the East Africa region.</p> <p>This view was contained in the <span class="caps">IGAD</span>’s report titled <a href=" http://www.igadssp.org/index.php/documentation?task=document.viewdoc&id=4" target="_blank">Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Treat.</a> The report likens al-Shabab to the Islamic State group, with capablities to recruit young people beyond its power base.</p> <p>The report stated that al-Shabab (real name Harakaat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujaahidiiin) had long been perceived as a Somali-organization even though it represented a threat to the wider East African region.</p> <p>Chronicling a trend of attacks from the group, the report in its executive summary states that, ‘‘Al-Shabaab is clearly no longer an exclusively Somali problem, and requires a concerted international response.’‘</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">IGAD</span> <span class="caps">SSP</span> today officially launched the report on Al-Shabaab as a Transnational Security Threat. The report is… <a href="https://t.co/zRaSdIAW7C">https://t.co/zRaSdIAW7C</a></p>— <span class="caps">IGAD</span>-<span class="caps">SSP</span> (@IGADISSP) <a href="https://twitter.com/IGADISSP/status/765243435355779072">August 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The reports suggests that al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Horn of Africa, had a presence in five countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Tanzania and Uganda and was working hard to extend its tentacles across the region.</p> <p>On measures <span class="caps">IGAD</span> was taking to tackle the terrorist menace, the report disclosed that ‘‘Member States are fully cognizant of the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and most are actively engaged in trying to degrade and defeat the organisation.’‘</p> <p>‘‘AMISOM’s fighting forces are drawn almost exclusively from <span class="caps">IGAD</span> countries, with the exception of Burundi. <span class="caps">IGAD</span> member states, notably Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda also host foreign military capabilities that are engaged in combating Al-Shabaab,’‘ it added. </p> <p>The militant group has been exchanging fire with Somali forces and the African Union force in the country (<span class="caps">AMISOM</span>). They have been recording losses in recent combats, their most recent casualty being the killing of the mastermind of an attack on Kenya’s Garissa university college.</p> <p>The Garissa attack occurred a little over a year ago (April 2015), 365km northeast of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, and resulted in the loss of 148 lives including 142 students.</p> <p>Most victims were killed in their dormitories, whiles others were gathered and executed in a hall of residence. According to reports, the entire operation was carried out by four al-Shabab fighters.</p> <p>The attack was the second bloodiest in Kenya since al-Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing 213 people.</p>

Al-Shabaab is clearly no longer an exclusively Somali problem, and requires a concerted international response.

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