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Vol 54 No 14

Published 5th July 2013


Somalia

Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys' breaks with Al Shabaab

Amid fresh fighting and political realignments, Aweys has escaped from his former allies in Al Shabaab and may now work with Mogadishu

Sheikh Hassan Dahir 'Aweys', the 78-year-old eminence grise of Somali Islamism, has broken with Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (Al Shabaab) this week. Although Sheikh Aweys, who sported a striking red beard, merged his Hizbul Islam organisation with Al Shabaab in December 2010 and nominally joined its leadership, he wasn't allowed much control over operations and differed ideologically with the other leaders.

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