An Oversimplified Retelling of the al Shabab

Just when you thought al Qaeda and the Islamic State were all we had.


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At the beginning of February, a bomb was detonated in a passenger plane, creating a hole on its side. Authorities were unable to find who was to blame until the al Shabab claimed responsibility online. The extremists said that it was to wage war on Somali Muslims.

Terrorism is a wide spread phenomenon today, but its major rise did not occur until the birth of the modern military technology. After countries such as the United States mobilized with large forces and weapons such as the atomic bomb, anybody who wanted to confront those countries could no longer do so. These super-countries were now too strong. So what was the viable solution? Terrorism. This dirty tactic is an avenue to still fight a Goliath when one has low resources and abilities. It does not require armies that can compete in might and size. It causes considerable damage for only a low cost of a couple lives and a bomb. It not only inflicts damage but it strikes fear across an entire population.

The following is a presentation of a lesser known militant group. Its lack of fame, compared to that of the Islamic State (used to be called ISIS) and al Qaeda, however, does not diminish its horror to the people of Somalia, other countries of Africa, and the United States.