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As ISIS Struggles for Influence in Somalia, al-Shabab Remains the Main Threat

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    As ISIS Struggles for Influence in Somalia, al-Shabab Remains the Main Threat

    The so-called Islamic State received some modest good news recently from Somalia, in what has otherwise been a dismal stretch of losses for the jihadi group. In October

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The so-called Islamic State received some modest good news recently from Somalia, in what has otherwise been a dismal stretch of losses for the jihadi group. In October The so-called Islamic State received some modest good news recently from Somalia, in what has otherwise been a dismal stretch of losses for the jihadi group. In October, a small militant faction aligned with the Islamic Statetook and held Qandala, a port town in northern Somalia, for more than a monthbefore withdrawing. It was thefirst time a group linked to the Islamic Statehas occupied a town in Somalia.

Talk of the Islamic Statedominated much of the debateoncounterterrorism issuesduring the U.S. presidential campaign. Yet as concerning as the Islamic State’s Qandala operation is, President-elect Donald Trump should not be distracted from what remains the primary threat in Somalia. Al-Shabab, the terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that has been ensconced in Somalia for years, is far more dangerous than the Islamic State is likely to ever be in the country. The incoming Trump administration should commit to fighting it with determination. ...
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