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Vol 63 No 14

Published 7th July 2022


Al Shabaab wins on TV but loses in the field

The Islamist militia let the cameras in to demonstrate its durability as a force but then suffered a major defeat to a Sufi militia

The normally secretive Al Shabaab shed its shyness on London's Channel 4 News on 15 June in a filmed report from training grounds in Somalia, featuring one of its top leaders, Abdirahman Mahamed Warsame, (aka 'Mahad Karate'). But two days after the broadcast, its fighters suffered a heavy defeat against a Sufi militia in Galmudug.

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