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Al-Shabab's strategies

Ruth Tarrant

9th November 2015

Al-Shabab, the Islamic insurgency group in North-Eastern Africa, hit the news headlines again last week when they carried out a double-suicide attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. But who is Al-Shabab, and why do they frequently target hotels?

The map below shows how much of the East coast of North Africa is controlled by Al-Shabab. That part of Africa has effectively been in the grip of civil war for over two decades, and Al-Shabab's power grew as they promised people security. You can find out a little more about how Al-Shabab operates in this BBC interview with a defector, and this general overview of the organisation.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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