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-Shabaab 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.