US Citizen Defects from al Shabaab as Group Contends with Competing Islamic State
The man told Reuters that he found the group's ideology "totally wrong," but al Shabaab sources told other outlets that he had recently aligned himself with the Islamic State — an offense that the al Qaeda affiliate punishes with death.
Kenya Destroys Suspected al Shabaab Camps As Group Argues About the Islamic State
Security forces are in the middle of a months-long operation in the Boni forest to push out suspected militants and thwart their ability to wage attacks within Kenya after a string of high-profile attacks.
Westgate Mall Set to Reopen Nearly Two Years After Deadly Al Shabaab Attack
The high end mall in the Kenyan capital has been closed since the attack in 2013, but the shopping center’s main anchor store said the shopping will reopen its doors next week.
Jihad in Kenya
VICE News headed to Mombasa to speak with Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, the highest-profile radical sheik in Kenya, before he was assassinated in April, and to get an up-close view of those living and dying in the cross hairs of a holy war being fought on...
A British Woman Wasn't Behind al-Shabaab’s Westgate Attack
On the first day of al-Shabaab’s siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, several bystanders allegedly spotted a veiled white woman commanding the gunmen in Arabic. The next day, the British tabloid the Daily Mail identified the woman as “the...
The Westgate Attack Shows How Desperate al-Shabaab Have Become
With the militant group panicking and in disarray, they’re ready to lash out regardless of the consequences. Not content with stoning adulterous women, recruiting child soldiers, and taking young girls as "wives," al-Shabaab wants to set up an Islamic...