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New Strategies, Ongoing Crisis: Comprehensive Approaches in Defeating al-Shabaab

Al-Shabaab boasts a steady flow of fighters, annual revenues of $100 million via multiple funding streams, and an extensive arms acquisition unit.

Al-Shabaab—al-Qaeda’s largest, wealthiest, and most kinetically active cell—has posed a critical threat to Somalia’s security since the group’s establishment in late 2006. The group’s insurgency in Somalia and high-profile attacks against neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia has reshaped the region’s security and driven international and multilateral responses that are reshaping conventional counterterror methods and practices.

Eroding al-Shabaab’s network has proven to be no easy feat. The organization boasts a steady flow of fighters, annual revenues of $100 million via multiple funding streams, an extensive arms acquisition unit with a monthly budget of $2 million, an intelligence division that is vital to conducting suicide attacks, and a police force.

According to scholars, al-Shabaab controls about 70 percent of south and central Somalia.

Read more at the Counter Extremism Project

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