Western Media

Western news outlets focus on U.S. military efforts to stop the group due to its ties to al-Qaeda, including the U.S.’s role in striking al-Shabab militantsErnesto Lodono and Scott Wilson, “U.S. strikes al-Shabab in Somalia and captures bombing suspect in Libya,” Washington Post, October 6, 2013, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-navy-seals-raid-al-shabab-leaders-somalia-home-in-response-to-nairobi-attack/2013/10/05/78f135dc-2e0c-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html.  and in launching the drone strike that killed Godane.Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Jeffrey Gettleman, “Strikes Killed Militant Chief in Somalia, U.S. Reports,” New York Times, September 5, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/world/africa/somalia-shabab.html. Connections to al-Qaeda have also raised concerns about al-Shabaab planning attacks overseas.

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On July 23, 2016, two suicide bombers targeted members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority who were demonstrating in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 97 people and injured 260 others. 

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