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Vol 59 No 15

Published 27th July 2018


ISIS’s nemesis

Al Shabaab offers its Da’ish competitors a simple choice: recant or face execution

The early days of Da'ish in Somalia were not auspicious. The leader of Somalia's version of the pan-regional and Middle Eastern Islamist movement also known as 'Islamic State' or ISIS, Sheikh Abdiqadir Mumin, first announced his defection from Al Shabaab in October 2015. But he had to flee the Golis mountains hotfoot and take refuge among his clanspeople, the Ali Saleban sub-clan of the Majerteen, to escape otherwise certain death from the Amniyat, Al Shabaab's dreaded internal security unit. It was clan militias rather than enthusiasts for the new caliphate who kept him safe in the first few weeks after the split. Eventually, Da'ish supporters from the South came to join him.

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