Somalia:The Cradle of al-Shabaab

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Al Shabaab Member carrying the Group Black Flag
Al Shabaab Member carrying the Group Black Flag
Al Shabaab Member carrying the Group Black Flag
Al Shabaab Member carrying the Group Black Flag

Introduction

 Misquoting Abdirahman Aynte, Dr Stig Jarle Hansen  says “Al-shabaab al-Shabaab originated in a 2003 meeting in Hargeisa” .

In 2010 the former director of Mogadishu-based the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies ( now Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of Somali Federal Government) , Abdirahman Aynte Ali, wrote a paper on Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (hereafter al-Shabaab). Ali’s paper has been cited by influential analysts, researchers and academics who now believe that the “Laasa’ aanood” district in Northern Somalia is the cradle of al-Shabaab. Laasa’ aanood is a victim of an uncorroborated quote Ali had attributed to a Somali Sheikh who was a member of the now-defunct al-Itihaad al-Islaami and on whom Ali had conferred authoritativeness. Among questions this ebook tries to answer are: Is lawlessness or relative peace the factor that makes a place conducive to the emergence of a militant organisation like al-Shabaab? What were Puntland leaders doing while the alleged meeting was taking place in Laasa’ aanood?

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