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THE EVOLUTION AND RESILIENCE OF AL-SHABAB’S MEDIA INSURGENCY, 2006-2016

By examining Al-Shabab’s sophisticated media campaign and identifying its intended audiences, we can better understand one of the most successful insurgent movements of the 21st century

The Somali jihadi-insurgent movement Al-Shabab has established itself, since emerging in 2007 after the overthrow of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) umbrella in the wake of the December 2006 Ethiopian invasion and occupation of parts of Somalia, as one of the relatively few jihadi organizations to succeed in the capture, control, and governance of territory for a significant period of time. When Islamic State was masquerading as a «paper state» in 2008 and 2009, Al-Shabab’s leadership was busy constructing a bureaucracy of power, divided into regional and local nodes of authority, designed to implement and maintain insurgent rule over rapidly expanding territories.
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CONTINUITY AND CHANGE THE EVOLUTION AND RESILIENCE OF AL-SHABAB’S MEDIA INSURGENCY, 2006-2016

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