Maghreb and the Al Shabab resurgence

Maghreb and the Al Shabab resurgence,” Rising Kashmir, 24 Jan 2019

After a lull of four years, Somali extremist group al-Shabab recently carried out attacks in Nairobi. After the 19-hour siege that left 21 dead, the group claimed responsibility of the attack with the release of an official statement.

Was the attack in Nairobi a surprise? Does it suggest a resurgence of the old extremist group or are we witnessing new trends among old extremist outfits? What does al Shabaab attack indicate of the larger operations in the Maghreb and the Middle Eastern region?

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Sourina Bej
Research Associate in the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme (ISSSP) at the National Institute of Advance Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

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