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New al-Shabab Chief Said to Be Experienced but 'Difficult'

The new chief of al-Shabab, Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, is an experienced official within the Somali militant group. But experts say he may lack the leadership qualities of his predecessor, Ahmed Godane, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Until last week, Ubaidah was a senior adviser to Godane, who led al-Shabab for nearly seven years and formalized the group's alliance with al-Qaida. Al-Shabab expert Roland Marchal, of France’s National Center for Scientific Research, said Ubaidah...

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