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Vol 65 No 14

Published 5th July 2024


ISIS breaks out of its Puntland base

Fighters from ISIS or Da’ish are extending operations beyond the Puntland enclave to challenge Al Shabaab, the main Islamist militia in Somalia

The isolated Horn of Africa branch of ISIS or Da’ish, outnumbered and outgunned hitherto by Al Shabaab, the trustiest affiliate of the rival Al Qaida franchise, has been gaining ground in recent months thanks to weaknesses in the government of Puntland, sources in the region tell Africa Confidential.

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