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Vol 59 No 11

Published 1st June 2018


Shabaab takes to the air

Far from being on the brink of defeat, Al Shabaab is improving its propaganda and still holding its own on the military front

Al Shabaab's leader, Abu Ubaydah, made a major speech on jihadist broadcast media on 18 May marking the beginning of Ramadan and setting out his political stall, scotching rumours of his death. Talk had been flying around Nairobi and Mogadishu that he was dying of kidney failure after being bedridden for six months and a succession battle was in full spate. On 24 May Washington tried to make the rumour reality and killed 10 fighters in an air strike, but not the elusive commander.

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