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Ex-Shabab Official Claims al-Qaida Ties Dissolved

A former al-Shabab intelligence official, claiming the Somali militant group "basically" no longer has relations with long-time ally al-Qaida, has raised the possibility it could align itself with the Islamic State group. Zakariya Hersi told VOA’s Somali service that if al-Shabab militants "feel they need foreign relations, since the other ties were cut, then they may seek something to replace that, something that gives them a legitimacy."  Al-Shabab has not...

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