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ISIL recruitment slowly gaining ground despite Al-Shabaab threat



In its efforts to expand, ISIL has been luring recruits in Somalia. The month-long drive by the group is geared at the formation of a branch in the Eastern African Nation. Somalia holds potentially huge rewards for the extremist group. This as Somalia is a marginally governed nation with the continent’s longest coastline, bordering three U.S. allies – Ethi- o- pia, Djibouti and Kenya. In October, an influential Muslim cleric, Abdiqadir Mumin, announced that he had joined the group and was bringing at least 20 of his followers with him. Al-Shabaab has threatened death on anyone who joins ISIL. So far, the group has not sent fighters or resources into Somalia. But its image appears to have grown among militants.


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