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Al-Shabaab releases video of 'graduation' for its East Africa fighters

Al-Shabaab releases video of 'graduation' for its East Africa fighters

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<p>Somalia-based insurgent group, Al-Shabaab, have released a video purportedly showing its fighters at a graduation ceremony. </p> <p>According to the group, its fighters were from neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, as well as Uganda and Tanzania. The event was supervised by its spokesman, Ali Dhere.</p> <p>The video showed the gun-wielding masked soldiers in a bushy setting. They are all dressed in military apparel marching as Ali Dhere also holding a gun looks on. They chant slogans that have Al-Qaeda shouts at the end of each chorus.</p> <p>Pictures also showed the spokesperson addressing the soldiers who all sat on the ground with legs crossed. According to local journalists, he singled out Kenya for criticisms.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AlShabaab?src=hash">#AlShabaab</a> video shows “graduation ceremony” of East <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash">#Africa</a> fighters from Kenya Ethiopia Uganda & Tanzania, attended by Sheik Ali Dhere <a href="https://t.co/L3OBnYQbc2">pic.twitter.com/L3OBnYQbc2</a></p>— Live From Mogadishu (@Daudoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Daudoo/status/866731289906491392">May 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Al-Shabab issues new propaganda video of recruits from East Africa. Addressing the graduates Spox Ali Dhere singles out Kenya for criticism. <a href="https://t.co/fWgg1EN7Lb">pic.twitter.com/fWgg1EN7Lb</a></p>— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) <a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/866744972309139458">May 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (<span class="caps">IGAD</span>) in a report last year, officially labeled al-Shabaab militants as a transnational security threat in the East Africa region.</p> <p>The Somali government has vowed to crush the militants in two years. President Farmaajo recently offered them amnesty and asked them to come to the negotiation table.</p> <p>The group has continually called the government’s bluff and has claimed a series of bomb attacks on civilian populations and some military installations. The group is currently fighting the Somali national army and an African Union force (<span class="caps">AMISOM</span>) which pushed them out of Mogadishu.</p> <p>Al-Shabaab controls parts of Somalia and has staged attacks in neighbouring countries especially in Kenya. Ethiopia also has a military mission in the country but has recently withdrawn troops due to anti-government protests of 2016. The government has denied the claims.</p>
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