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Former Al-Shabab Commander Urges Others to Surrender

Zakariya Ismail Hersi, the former chief of intelligence for al-Shabab, denounced the militant group during his first public appearance after surrendering to the federal Somali government last month. Hersi said the group misled militants into fighting a distorted form of jihad and vowed to convince fighters to renounce violence and to surrender to the Somali government. Authorities in Somalia have welcomed the Hersi’s defection, which was announced December 27. Until his defection,...

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