Monday, April 17, 2017

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Claims Delivery of Food Aid to Drought Victims

The Terrorism Monitor published on 7 April 2017 a report titled "Al-Shabaab Plays on Aid Distribution Role to Win Over Desperate Somalis" by Sunguta West.

The report comments that al-Shabaab has released photos of food distribution in rural areas of drought-stricken Somalia. It is unclear where al-Shabaab would obtain significant amounts of food aid. Some observers view the distribution of food aid as propaganda while others believe the tactic is critical to gain support as al-Shabaab has been forced to retreat into rural areas. Al-Shabaab is also better known for conducting suicide attacks in Mogadishu.

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