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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


Eritrea

Asmara and the Islamists

Eritrea may be loosening relations with Al Shabaab

A July report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea claimed that the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice has resumed support to the Somali Islamist Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen. The monitors say they ‘obtained direct testimonies and concrete evidence of Eritrean support to Abdi Wal and Mohamed Wali Sheikh Ahmed Nuur’, both with close links to Al Shabaab. This included telephone records showing calls to a landline in Eritrea.

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