Somali Terror Group al-Shabaab Gets World Attention

The Somali militants who formed the hard-line terrorist group al-Shabaab carried out their first suicide attack in 2006, during the height of violence in Iraq. The world hardly noticed.

This week, al-Shabaab became the world’s newest international terrorist group, after claiming twin blasts in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, that killed 76 people watching the televised World Cup final.


The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned in an assessment distributed to law enforcement personnel that if al-Shabaab — “the youth” in Arabic — is responsible for the blasts in Uganda, it could mean the group can attack in the U.S.

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