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Telegram Channel Calls for Plane Hijackings, Domestic Attacks

A jihadi Telegram channel called for airplane hijackings and domestic attacks while disseminating bomb-making manuals.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing Financial Director in Galkayo Bombing

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed credit for a "powerful explosion" that killed Said Yusuf Ali, a financial director for the Puntland government in Somalia's Mudug region.

Thursday, 31 March 2016
English-Speaking IS Fighters in Libya Promote in Video Group's Implementation of Shariah

Two English-speaking Islamic State (IS) fighters, one Nigerian and the other Somali, promoted the group's implementation of Shariah in a video from the IS' Tripoli Province in Libya.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing 73+ Somali Troops in Attack on Base Near Capital

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing over 73 Somali troops in an attack on the Laanta-Buure military base, southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, and posted photos of the vehicles and weapons taken as war spoils.

Monday, 21 March 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing a Dozen Kenyan Soldiers in Ambush in Juba

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, claimed killing a dozen Kenyan soldiers in an ambush in the area of Hiyo, near the city of Afmadow in Juba province, southern Somalia.

Saturday, 19 March 2016
IS Supporter Alleges Shabaab Collaboration with Puntland State of Somalia

A pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account detailed what he alleged to be the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement’s collaboration with the Puntland State of Somalia against IS in the region.

Friday, 18 March 2016
IS Member in Yemen: Multiple Villages in Somalia Have Pledged to IS

An alleged former Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement member now with the Islamic State (IS) in Yemen made an “exclusive” claim that multiple tribes in Somalia had switched allegiance from the Shabaab to IS.

Thursday, 17 March 2016
Shabaab Attack Somali Forces in Afmadow, Ambush Kenyan Forces Near Border

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed attacks against Somali forces, as well as Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF.)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing 10 Police Officers in Mogadishu Car Bombing

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing 10 police officers in a car bombing outside a police station in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in addition to killing and wounding a number of Ethiopian and Somali soldiers in Baidoa.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016
Shabaab Claims Foiling Airdrop Operation by Foreign Forces in Awdheegle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed that it foiled an airdrop operation by unidentified foreign forces in Awdheegle, located in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016
Shabaab Photos Show “Wide-Scale Medical Campaign” in Southwest Somalia

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a photo report showing medical treatment to villagers and their livestock in southwest Somalia.

Friday, 04 March 2016
Shabaab Claims 50 Attacks in Activity Report for Jan 11-Feb 7, 2016, Including Operation at Beach View Hotel

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, claimed 50 attacks between January 11 and February 7, 2016, including the deadly raid on KDF soldiers at an AMISOM base in El-Adde, and the suicide raid at the Beach View Hotel on Lido beach in Mogadishu.

Friday, 04 March 2016
Jihadist Defends Shabaab Operations Targeting Hotels in Somali Capital

A jihadist defended the attacks carried out by the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement at hotels in Mogadishu, claiming that they are not civilian targets, as the Somali government portrays them, but are "headquarters of the enemy".

Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Shabaab-Linked News Agency Gives Details of Claimed Raid in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, provided additional details about its February 26, 2016 raid on the Somali Youth League (SYL) hotel in Mogadishu.

Saturday, 27 February 2016
Shabaab Claims Attack on SYL Hotel in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed an immersive suicide attack on the Somali Youth League (SYL) hotel in Mogadishu.

Friday, 26 February 2016
Canadian Shabaab Fighter Calls Muslims in West to Immigrate for Jihad in Posthumous Video

A Canadian fighter in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement who participated in the suicide raid at the Somali Supreme Court complex in April 2013, is featured posthumously in a Shabaab video calling on Muslims in the West to travel to and join jihadi battlefields.

Thursday, 25 February 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing Dozens of AMISOM Forces in Ambush in Lower Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, claimed killing dozens of AMISOM forces in an ambush near Baledogle Military Airfield in Lower Shabelle region.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Shabaab's Kenyan Official Gives Lecture Wearing Clothing of Slain KDF Soldier, Threatens Attacks in Kenya

Ahmad Iman Ali, a Kenyan official in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, delivered a lecture threatening attacks in Kenya, while claiming to wear the clothing of a KDF soldier killed in the January 15, 2016, attack on an AMISOM base in Somalia's Gedo region.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing Over 35 Somali Troops in Afgoye Offensive

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's branch in Somalia, claimed killing more than 35 Somali troops in an overnight offensive in Afgoye district of Lower Shabelle region.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Shabaab Claims Assassination of Former Somali Defense Minister, Seizing Crashed U.S. Drone

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed the assassination of former Somali Defense Minister Muhiyadin Mohamed, and recovering a crashed American drone.

Monday, 15 February 2016
Shabaab Claims Bombing on Djibouti-Bound Plane, Threatens Additional Attacks

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed credit for the February 2, 2016, bombing on a plane bound for Djibouti, declaring that it came within a series of operations specifically targeting “Western and apostate intelligence infrastructure”.

Saturday, 13 February 2016
IS Fighter: Group “Ignored” Somali Pledges, Left them “at the Mercy of Shabaab”

An alleged Somali Islamic State (IS) fighter in Yemen criticized what he expressed to be IS’ neglect of pledged defectors from the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Fighters in Syria Urge Others to Aleppo Battlefronts

Syrian opposition fighters and supporters stressed urgency joining Aleppo battlefronts amid a massive offensive by pro-regime forces in the province.

Friday, 05 February 2016
Shabaab Claims 60 Attacks in Activity Report for Dec. 12, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed a total of 60 attacks in that country and Kenya in a report on its military operations, civilian projects, and other activities for the Hijri month of Rabie al-Awwal 1437 (December 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016).

Wednesday, 03 February 2016
Shabaab Fighter Calls Muslims to Somali Battlefield in 9th Episode of “Mujahideen Moments”

A Swahili-speaking fighter in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement called Muslims to the Somali battlefield for training and jihad in the ninth episode of the series “Mujahideen Moments”.

Thursday, 28 January 2016
IS Gives Biography of “Jihadi John,” Threatens Britain in al-Naba Weekly Newspaper

After publishing a biography of “Jihadi John” (AKA Abu Muharib al-Muhajir) in its English magazine “Dabiq,” the Islamic State (IS) published an alternate version in its Arabic weekly newspaper “al-Naba,” featuring new photos of the man behind the beheading of American, British, and Japanese nationals, and threatening Britain. The 15th issue of al-Naba for the Hijra year 1437 was distributed on Telegram and Twitter on January 26, 2016. The English biography of “Jihadi John” appeared in the 13th issue of Dabiq, which was released on January 19, and briefly touched upon his background, the pursuit of him by the British intelligence, his association with two fighters in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement who were killed in a drone strike in Somalia four years ago. The Arabic version of the biography is missing details, such as his being a Kuwaiti national, his traveling with a companion to Syria, and his likening Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani to former Islamic Courts Union leader Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

The article, “Abu Muharib al-Muhajir - A Mujahid who Preoccupied the West in Life and Death,” lauded “Jihadi John’s” beheading of captives, writing:

“Jihadi John,” as the Western media likes to call him, was known for his messages that he wrote with the blood of the disbelievers whom he slaughtered with his knife. They are such messages where heads rolled between their lines, and the pillars of the American Black House shook from their words, and the throne of Elizabeth trembled with bricks of a kingdom whose sun did not set in its colonies, and the Churches of Rome shivered from fear with the threat of their conquest and prayers being performed in them soon. Yes, the echo of the words of Abu Muharib, may Allah have mercy on him, have reached every corner of the corridors of Europe and the streets of America, and his words were heard by its deaf politicians and leaders.

Also featured in this issue is an infographic on attacks in the IS’ Sinai Province since pledging to the IS in November 2014, claiming to have killed and wounded over 1,400 Egyptian security forces, spies, and tribal militiamen; pieces on IS attacks in its provinces during the past week, with titles such as “In al-Husayba, Kilo 70, and Talat Mushayhid, the Rafidah, with their Army and Police, Lost More than 100 Killed in al-Ramadi,” “Mujahideen of Diyala Thwart a Rafidhi Attack on the Area of al-‘Adheem, and the Escalation of Jihadi Operations in Mandli,” and “Seizing Control Over Significant Positions of the Nusayri Army in Damascus Province”.

It also threatened Britain with a ”message” similar to that delivered to France with the Paris attacks:

The message that the soldiers of the Caliphate signed with their blood and sent to France in their own way is not the last. Britain, which Abu Muharib kicked and left as an immigrant towards the Islamic State, is not far from these messages. It has a share from the portion of the lion, with permission from Allah the Almighty, for it announced its war on Muslims and its hands are involved in the blood of the sons of Islam. The mail will be delivered to it, with the power of Allah, bearing a message that due to its eloquence, the hair of the young babies will turn gray.

Another article, “Soldiers of the Cross… On the Ground,” discusses U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter saying that U.S. forces will be deployed on the ground to fight the IS, after coalition airstrikes and allies in Kurdish Peshmerga and YPG, and the Iraqi army were unable to stop the group. It stated:

On the other hand, the American decision is an important indication of the state of exhaustion, which the forces allied to the Americans from among the Rawafidh, the Awakenings of Iraq and Sham, and the secularist Kurds had reached after these long months of war against the Islamic State, whose army, by the grace of Allah, continues to prove its high ability to execute large military campaigns, which increases the exhaustion of the enemies and push them towards collapse. Thus, America repeats what the Russians and the Rafidha of Iran did by standing alongside their Nusayri ally [Bashar al-Assad], for his army was about to collapse, and they supported him with air coverage and thousands of infantry forces, so that he regains his balance and can finish the battle.

The deployment of American forces in Iraq or Sham will not be enough to end the battle against the Islamic State, which has expanded the battlefield very much, to extend the plans of American military intervention and include provinces of the Islamic State in Khorasan, Barqah, Tripoli, and perhaps soon in the provinces of Sinai, Aden, and West Africa. The coming months will reveal bigger surprises, Allah permitting.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Shabaab Video Shows Attack on Kenyan Police, Incites Against Kenya and Israel

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video on attacking Kenyan police and preaching to Muslims in Kenya, and in its concluding segments, incited for attacks on Israel.

Monday, 25 January 2016
Shabaab Claims 75 Attacks in Activity Report for Nov.13 – Dec.11, 2015

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, issued a report on its military operations, civilian projects, and other activities for the Hijri month of Safar 1437 (November 13 – December 11, 2015), claiming a total of 75 attacks.

Friday, 22 January 2016
Shabaab Publishes Additional Aftermath Photos of AMISOM Base Attack in Gedo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement issued a press release containing 134 photos, many of them gruesome, of the deadly attack on the AMISON base in the Gedo Region of Somalia.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Shabaab Publishes Aftermath Photos of AMISOM Base Attack in Gedo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, published aftermath photos of its deadly attack on an AMISOM base in Gedo, showing dead and bloodied bodies of Kenyan soldiers, vehicles ablaze, fighters posing with war spoils, and soldiers taken captive.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Shabaab Claims 56 Attacks in Activity Report for Oct. 14-Nov.13, 2015

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, issued a report on its military operations and civilian projects for the Hijri month of Muharram 1437 (October 14 – November 13, 2015), claiming a total of 56 attacks and 13 instances of Somali soldiers surrendering and “repenting”.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016
KDF Hostages Plead for Peaceful Release in Shabaab Audio Message

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released an audio message of two Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers taken hostage after the group’s storming of an AMISOM base in Somalia’s Gedo region on January 15, 2016.

Sunday, 17 January 2016
Shabaab Updates Death Toll in Kenyan Base Raid to 100, Claims Capturing Soldiers

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement issued a statement on the raid on a Kenyan base in Somalia’s Gedo region, announcing that over 100 soldiers were killed and some were captured alive.

Sunday, 17 January 2016
Shabaab Claims Killing 63 Kenyans Soldiers in Base Raid in Gedo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed killing 63 Kenyan soldiers in a suicide bombing and raid by its Saleh al-Nabhani Battalion on a military base in Gedo.

Friday, 15 January 2016
Somali IS Fighters in Libya Congratulate Shabaab Defectors, Warn Those who Attack Them

Two Somali fighters in an Islamic State (IS) division in Libya congratulated defectors from the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in a video, and threatened Shabaab members who attack and kill them.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Shabaab Encourages Black Youths in U.S. to Convert to Islam, Leave for Somali in Second Episode of Series on Minnesotan “Martyrs”

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released the second episode in its series on slain American fighters from Minnesota, and in this installment, encouraged black youths in the U.S. to convert to Islam and leave for the Somali battlefield.

Friday, 01 January 2016
Shabaab Attacks Again in Lamu County, Executes Somali Government Officers in Lower Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing a “large number” of Kenyan forces in Kenya’s Lamu County, where the group has recently increased the number of its attacks, and executed two men in a public square in Somalia on charges of working for the Somali government.

Thursday, 24 December 2015
Shabaab Reportedly Kills Somali Central Bank Official, Intel Officer in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly killed an official in the Somali Central Bank and a Somali intelligence officer in two separate attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Monday, 21 December 2015
Arrested Pennsylvania IS Supporter Conversed with Fighters, Promoted Calls for Attack

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, a 19 year old American arrested for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (IS), was a recognized member of the online IS community.

Friday, 18 December 2015
Shahada News Claims Shabaab-Controlled Areas in Somalia Free of Tribal Clashes

In reporting on “fierce clashes” between tribes in Beledweyne and Merca, Shahada News Agency portrayed such incidents as commonplace in Somali government- and African Union (AU)- controlled cities, but nonexistent in areas where the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement has power.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Shabaab Defector to IS Abdul Qadr Mu’min Condemns Shabaab’s Pursuit, Killing of Pledgers

In an audio speech attributed to Abdul Qadr Mu’min, a religious figure in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement who defected to the Islamic State (IS) in October 2015, he condemned the Shabaab for pursuing and killing those who pledge to the IS, and called on Shabaab fighters to disobey orders from their commanders for such actions.

Saturday, 12 December 2015
Pro-IS Article Condemns “Crimes” of Shabaab Leaders, Demands they Denounce AQ

Islamic State (IS) supporters disseminated a document condemning the actions of Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement leaders, and calling for them to denounce al-Qaeda (AQ).

Friday, 11 December 2015
Mujahid Miski’s Arrest Sparks Debate between Shabaab, IS Supporters

Fighters and supporters of the Islamic State (IS) and the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement disputed the truth of reports that Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (“Mujahid Miski”), a pro-IS fighter in Somalia, had turned himself in to Somali authorities.
Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Shabaab Supporter Calls Somalis in Kenya to Jihad

A Shabaab supporter on Twitter incited Somalis in Kenya to join the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in wake of mass graves found along the Somali-Kenyan border.

Monday, 07 December 2015
Video Shows Fighters in Juba Region of Somalia Pledging to IS Leader

Pro-Islamic State (IS) jihadists distributed a video showing fighters in the Juba region of Somalia pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of whom was allegedly killed afterwards by the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement.

Monday, 07 December 2015
Jihadis in Somalia: Shabaab Leaders “Invest in New Cars” Over Necessities

Jihadists in Somalia detailed the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement’s training and equipment investments on Twitter.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Shabaab Allegedly Arrests American Fighter

An American fighter and media worker with the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia was allegedly arrested by the group. The claim was made by the Twitter account of "Salafi Jihadi #Somal,” allegedly belonging to IS-supporting American Shabaab fighter Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (“Mujahid Miski").

Salafi Jihadi #Somal stated on November 13, 2015 that Abu Ahmed al-Amriki, who served as editor of the Shabaab’s media, was arrested for not complying with Shabaab’s propaganda aims:   Al-Shabab has imprisoned Abu Ahmed Al-Amriki for refusing to contribute to it's official media lies. He was the chief editor of HSM Press.   On November 20, 2015, Salafi Jihadi #Somal responded to another user who asked whether Abu Ahmed is still alive. He replied, “No one knows.”   A February 25, 2013 video from the Shabaab featured an American fighter also identified as "Abu Ahmed al-Amriki." However, Salafi Jihadi #Somal did not state if this was the same individual.     Salafi Jihadi #Somal's claim was made in wake of various Shabaab defectors pledging to IS.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Shabaab Attacks Somali Forces, AMISOM Tanker in Lower Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly attacked bases of Somali troops and a tanker belonging to Africa Union (AU) forces in Lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Shabaab Approves of Paris and Bamako Attacks, Calls for Attacks on Jewish and Western Interests

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, issued a statement approving of the attacks in Paris and Bamako, while also calling for attacks on Jewish and Western interests, domestically and internationally.

Thursday, 26 November 2015
Pro-IS Jihadists Circulate “Full Story” of Defected Shabaab Deputy’s Assassination

Pro-Islamic State (IS) jihadists circulated the “full story” of how the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, a branch of al-Qaeda (AQ) in Somalia, killed its former deputy and implied impending revenge from IS.

On November 25, 2015, IS fighters and supporters on Twitter circulated purported details on the death of Hussein Abdi Gedi, who was killed by Shabaab after defecting to IS. The circulated story described the assassination as “treacherous,” and claimed that his former body guard made contact with him under the pretense of “giving bay'ah [allegiance] to the Islamic State.” Once alone with Gedi and two others, the official opened fire, killing all three of them.

The document prompted condemnation and calls for retaliation among pro-IS users. “Abu Layth at-Tamimi,” an alleged Somali IS fighter in Syria, tweeted the details and stated:

The pro-IS Twitter account of “Umm Zubaydah” tweeted:

AlShabab has a new tactic in dealing with those who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State:go after the the Shayookh and former Amirs [leaders] first

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Jihadist Dispels Gossip Surrounding Shabaab’s Greed and Lust for Power

A jihadi supporter in Somalia defended the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement against claims from other jihadi supporters that the organization had become corrupt and power-hungry.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Shabaab Claims Mortar Attack on Military Base in Bosaso Outskirts

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed a mortar attack on a base of Puntland state forces on the outskirts of Bosaso.

Monday, 23 November 2015
Shabaab Supporters Claim IS’ Dabiq Magazine Lies about Group, Shows “Desperation”

Supporters of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement on Twitter expressed outrage at their portrayal in issue 12 of the Islamic State’s (IS) magazine, Dabiq.

Thursday, 19 November 2015
Shabaab Retakes Strategic City, Kills 25 at Military Academy in Kismayo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly retook a “strategic city” in central Somalia and killed 25 Somali forces at a military academy in Kismayo, in the south of the country.

Monday, 16 November 2015
Shabaab Releases Video on Storming AU Base in Janale, Shows Captive Ugandan Soldier

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video on the September 1, 2015, raid at an African Union (AU) base in Janale, and showing a captive Ugandan soldier.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Fighters in Somalia Pledge to IS Leader Baghdadi in Video

Jihadists distributed a video that shows what it describes as a group of fighters in Somalia pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State and the “Caliph” of its alleged “Caliphate”.

Sunday, 08 November 2015
Fighters in Somalia Pledge to IS Leader Baghdadi in Video

Jihadists distributed a video that shows what it describes as a group of fighters in Somalia pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State and the “Caliph” of its alleged “Caliphate”.

Sunday, 08 November 2015
Shabaab Gives Eulogy for Jihadi Scholar Muhammad Ismael Yusuf

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, issued a eulogy for Muhammad Ismael Yusuf, a scholar and a fighter who it noted had died at the age of 75 from a disease.

Thursday, 05 November 2015
Al-Muhajiroun in East Africa Leader Discusses Jihad in Tanzania, Somalia; Pledge of Shabaab Fighters to IS

“Al-Muhajiroun - Emigrants of East Africa,” a pro-Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement group, issued an English translation of an interview with its leader about jihad in Tanzania and Somalia, and the recent pledge by Shabaab fighters to the Islamic State (IS).

Wednesday, 04 November 2015
Shabaab Reportedly Kills Dozens of U.S.-Trained Somali Forces in Ambush in Lower Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly killed dozens of U.S.-trained Somali forces near the Balli Dogle Military Airbase in Lower Shabelle region.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015
Shabaab Reportedly Kills 36 Ethiopian Troops in Attack in Bakool

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly killed 36 Ethiopian troops in an “intense attack” on their base in Somalia’s Bakool region, and also seized control over a base of Somali forces in the region.

Monday, 02 November 2015
Shabaab Video Calls Muslims to Battlefield, Portrays Jihad as “Tourism”

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video portraying jihad as a form of “tourism” and calling Muslims to immigrate to the battlefield.

Monday, 02 November 2015
Shabaab Claims Attack at Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Vows “No Safe Haven” for Enemy

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed credit for the deadly attack at the Sahafi Hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and vowed there will be “no safe haven for apostates and crusaders in the Muslim lands of Somalia”.

Sunday, 01 November 2015
Shabaab Leaders Allegedly Order Arrests, Killing of IS-Pledged

Jihadists on Twitter continued to discuss alleged missions by the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement to kill or arrest scores of its fighters in wake of Shabaab religious leader Abdul Qadr Mu’min and 20 others’ pledge to Islamic State (IS).

Friday, 30 October 2015
Shabaab Presents Corpses of Slain Somali Forces in Public Display in Galguduud

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly killed six Somali forces in Galguduud region of Somalia and presented their corpses along with the weapons taken as war spoils in a public display. SomaliMeMo and

Thursday, 29 October 2015
Shabaab Allegedly Arrests Fighters Pledged to IS

After the recent pledge to Islamic State (IS) from prominent religious official Abdul Qadr Mu’min and approximately 20 fighters of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, Twitter users claimed that al-Qaeda (AQ)-loyal Shabaab members began arresting those suspected of pledging to IS.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Jihadist Reports Death of Somali Forum Member Turned IS Fighter

A jihadist reported that a Somali member of two jihadi forums who later became a fighter for the Islamic State (IS) was killed on an IS fighting front.

Monday, 26 October 2015
Shabaab Fighters’ Pledges to IS Prompts Disputes Amongst Jihadists, Unanimous Prediction of Bloodshed

The recent pledge to the Islamic State (IS) from Abdul Qadr Mu’min, a religious official in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, along with at least 20 fighters has prompted fervent chatter from both pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) and pro-IS jihadists on social media.

Friday, 23 October 2015
Shahada News Agency Confirms Pledge of Shabaab Figure to Baghdadi

The Somalia-focused jihadi media group Shahada News Agency confirmed the pledge to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Abdul Qadr Mu’min, a religious official in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement.

Friday, 23 October 2015
Shabaab Claims 55 Attacks in Sep.-Oct. 2015, Capturing Somali Soldier

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed 55 attacks on Djiboutian, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Somali, and unidentified AMISOM forces between September 15 and October 12, 2015, and capturing a Somali soldier in what it called a “special operation”.

Thursday, 22 October 2015
IS Supporters Claim Pledge from High-Ranking Shabaab Member

Twitter accounts associated with the Islamic State (IS) and Somali militants have begun to circulate unconfirmed claims that a high-ranking member of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement had pledged to IS.

Thursday, 22 October 2015
Twitter Accounts Claim Arrests of Pro-IS Members within the Shabaab

Chatter on Twitter has indicated what could be a growing divide among members of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement amid a campaign by the Islamic State (IS) and its supporters to gain the group’s allegiance.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Shabaab Claims Over 80 Attacks in Somalia from Aug.14-Sep.16, 2015

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed 83 attacks on Djiboutian, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Somali, and Ugandan forces between August 14 and September 16, 2015, including a suicide bombing and raid at an AMISOM base in Janale, and a suicide bombing at a training center in Kismayo.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015
IS Supporters Announce Somali-Language Media Group Dedicated to IS

Islamic State (IS) supporters announced the creation of “Al Habashah Media Production,” a media group dedicated to supporting IS in the Somali language.

Monday, 19 October 2015
Shabaab Claims Assassination of Somali Finance Ministry Employee

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed credit for the assassination of an employee in the Somali Finance Ministry in front of his home in the capital, Mogadishu.

Monday, 19 October 2015
Fighter in IS’ West Africa Province Urges Shabaab to Pledge to Baghdadi

West Africa Province of the Islamic State (IS) in Nigeria released a video featuring a fighter urging his counterparts in the Somalia-based Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement to pledge allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Shabaab Official Rallies Fighters, Mocks U.S.’s Rewards for Justice Program

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch Somalia, released a visual lecture by a group official, Ahmad Iman Ali, rallying fighters not to let their small numbers discourage them in battle, and mocking the U.S.’s Rewards for Justice program.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
IS and Supporters Increase Outreach to Shabaab Fighters

The Islamic State (IS) and its supporters have persisted with a multi-pronged outreach campaign to fighters within the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement.

Thursday, 08 October 2015
Shabaab Claims Assassination of Somali President’s Nephew, Lawyer

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed credit for the assassination of two men working for the Somali government, one a private doctor and nephew of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, and the other a lawyer in the Justice Ministry.

Thursday, 08 October 2015
Shabaab Vows to Receive British Troops with Gunfire, Publishes Photos of Yaaqbariweyne Base Attack

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement vowed to receive British troops with gunfire upon their arrival to Somalia, and published photos of the attack on a Somali base in Yaaqbariweyne on September 18.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015
English-Speaking Somali IS Fighter Calls on Shabaab to Pledge to Baghdadi

As part of a series of videos from the Islamic State (IS) courting fighters in the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia to pledge to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s ar-Raqqah Province released a production featuring an English-speaking Somali fighter.

Friday, 02 October 2015
Shabaab Releases Video on June 2015 Lego Base Attack

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video on the June 26, 2015, attack at an AMISOM base in Lego village in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Shabaab Gives Photo Report on Raid at AU Military Base in Janale

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement published a photo report on the September 1, 2015, raid at an African Union (AU) military base in Janale, where it claimed killing over 50 Ugandan soldiers.

Monday, 07 September 2015
Jihadists Exploit Anti-Extremist Hashtag to Promote Somalian Jihad on Twitter

Accounts on Twitter promoted jihad in Somalia by entering a conversation surrounding the “#SomaliYouthAgainstExtremism” hashtag, which was created to speak out against extremism in the country.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Shabaab Claims Killing Over 100 in Suicide Bombing at Training Center in Kismayo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing over 100 Somali government “militia” elements in a suicide bombing at their training center in Kismayo.

Saturday, 22 August 2015
Shabaab Reportedly Takes Over Towns in Kenya and Central Somalia

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly took over a town in Kenya’s Lamu East and lectured people and distributed propaganda before withdrawing, and also seized control over two towns in central Somalia.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Shabaab Official Calls Muslims to Immigrate to Somalia for Jihad in Video

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video of a Swahili lecture by a group official, Ahmad Iman Ali, calling on Muslims to immigrate to Somalia for jihad, and claiming that it has an army in Kenya.

Friday, 07 August 2015
Shabaab Reportedly Kills Interpol Officer in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reportedly assassinated an Interpol officer in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and also killed a Somali government official in the city of Janale in Lower Shabelle region.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015
TIP Thanks Shabaab for Damaging Chinese Embassy in Suicide Bombing at Mogadishu Hotel

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) thanked the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement for damaging the Chinese embassy in a suicide bombing at the Jazeera Palace Hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Saturday, 01 August 2015
Shabaab Video Shows Repentance of Alleged Kenyan Forces in Pandanguo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video showing the repentance of men it identified as Kenyan forces in Pandanguo, a settlement in Kenya’s Coast Province, and featuring footage of group official Ahmad Iman Ali warning Muslims against assisting the enemy.

Saturday, 01 August 2015
Shabaab Claims Bombing of Mogadishu Hotel

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed credit for a car bomb attack at the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu on July 26, 2015.

Monday, 27 July 2015
Shabaab Video Shows Ambush, Seizure of Vehicles in Lamu; Rescued Sailors Promoting Group

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video of fighters ambushing and seizing vehicles of non-Muslims in Kenya’s Lamu County, and featuring sailors rescued in Raaga Eele promoting the group and expressing their thanks to the fighters.

Friday, 24 July 2015
Twitter Accounts Make Unconfirmed Claims that Mujahid Miski Died

Users on Twitter have made unconfirmed claims that Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, an American jihadi fighter in Somalia going by the alias “Mujahid Miski,” had died.

Friday, 17 July 2015
Shabaab Video Shows June 11-12, 2015, Attack on Ethiopian Convoy in Bay

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released as a “gift” for Eid al-Fitr, a video on the deadly attack on June 11-12, 2015, on Ethiopian troops near the town of Jameeco in Bay region.

Friday, 17 July 2015
Shabaab Identifies 52 Burundians Killed in Lego, Shows ID Cards

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a list of names and ranks of 52 Burundian soldiers killed in the June 26, 2015, attack in Lego, and provided photos of their identification cards.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Shabaab Video Shows April 19, 2015, Attack on AMISOM in Lower Shabelle, Threatens France

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, released a video on the April 19, 2015, attack on AMISOM forces near Lego in Lower Shabelle region, and threatened France and others who it finds to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

Monday, 13 July 2015
IS Fighters and Supporters Celebrate Reports of Possible Pledge from Shabaab

Islamic State (IS) fighters and supporters have celebrated reports that leaders from the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement were considering pledging allegiance to IS.

Monday, 13 July 2015
Shabaab Claims Killing Nearly Twenty Kenyan Christians in Mandera

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing nearly twenty Christian quarry workers in the Mandera County of Kenya.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
Shabaab Publishes Photo Report on Lego Base Attack

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement published a photo report on the June 26, 2015, attack at an AMISOM base in Lego village in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, showing the corpses of Burundian troops and weapons and gear taken as spoils.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015
Shabaab Issues Statement Claiming Lego Base Attack as Revenge for Prophet Muhammad

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, issued a statement on the deadly attack at an AMISOM base in Lego village, announcing that it came in revenge for the honor of the Prophet Muhammad.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Pro-IS Channels Warn of Migrant Fighters Being Killed in Idlib, Claim Fleeing to IS “Best Option”

Aug 07, 2017
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Pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channels warned of dangers posted to migrant fighters…

Pro-IS Telegram Channel Calls Western Muslims to Kashmir, Characterizing Westerners as Having Intense “Love for Jihad”

Jul 31, 2017
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A pro-Islamic State (IS) Telegram channel called for Westerners to migrate to Kashmir,…

American Suicide Bomber Active On Social Networking Site

Jun 01, 2014
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Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, named as the American suicide bomber "Abu Hurayra al-Amriki"…

British Jihadis in Syria Use Kik Messenger For Recruitment, Transport of Foreign Fighters

Jan 09, 2014
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Purported English-speaking jihadi recruiters and foreign fighters in Syria have adopted…

Bomber in Embassy Attack in Beirut Discussed Martyrdom, Promoted al-Qaeda Propaganda on Facebook

Nov 22, 2013
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Mouin Adnan Abu Dahir, one of the two suspects in the November 19, 2013, double suicide…

Syrian Faction Uses Facebook, Skype to Recruit Fighters

Nov 15, 2013
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The Jund al-Haq (Soldiers of Truth) Brigades, a Syrian militant faction, advertised for…

Facebook Page Reports on Death of Alleged Bulgarian Jihadist In Pakistan

Oct 02, 2013
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A Facebook page dedicated to jihadist fighting uploaded a September 29, 2013 image of a…

Social Network Jihad: Madad News Agency on Facebook

Apr 20, 2012
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Madad News Agency, a jihadist media group that reports from Yemen and acts as an…