Title Inside Al-Shabaab
Subtitle The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally
Author Harun Maruf , Dan Joseph
ISBN 9780253037497
List price GBP 20.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 324
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher University of Washington press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Reviews:

“For years I studied and assessed Al-Shabaab in Somalia, and Harun Maruf was my go-to source on the terror group and the Horn of Africa. This book reveals insights I’ve never seen during my 15 years in counterterrorism—an excellent work.”

—Clinton Watts, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute

“Inside Al-Shabaab is the definitive history of the Somali militant group, rich with newly disclosed details about the group’s genesis and its ties to al-Qaeda. It’s a great introduction for those new to the topic, but it’s also a landmark work and absolutely required reading for those who study and work to counter terrorism.”

—JM Berger, author of Extremism and coauthor of ISIS: The State of Terror

“A compelling and deeply researched history of Al-Shabaab that lifts the veil on one of the world’s most dangerous and resilient terrorist groups. Harun Maruf and Dan Joseph have drawn on their extensive experience reporting on Somalia and on interviews with key former figures in Al-Shabaab to produce one of the most important books ever written on jihadi militancy in Africa. This book is essential reading for everybody interested in Somalia and the evolution of global jihad.”

—Paul Cruickshank, Editor-in-Chief, CTC Sentinel and coauthor Nine Lives: My Time as the West’s Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda


Description:

One of the most powerful Islamic militant groups in Africa, Al-Shabaab exerts Taliban-like rule over millions in Somalia and poses a growing threat to stability in the Horn of Africa. Somalis risk retaliation or death if they oppose or fail to comply with Al-Shabaab-imposed restrictions on aspects of everyday life such as clothing, media, sports, interpersonal relations, and prayer. Inside Al-Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally recounts the rise, fall, and resurgence of this overlooked terrorist organization and provides an intimate understanding of its connections with Al-Qaeda. Drawing from interviews with former Al-Shabaab militants, including high-ranking officials, military commanders, police, and foot soldiers, authors Harun Maruf and Dan Joseph reveal the motivations of those who commit their lives to the group and its violent jihadist agenda. A wealth of sources including US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, letters taken from the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, case files from the prosecution of American Al-Shabaab members, emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, and Al-Shabaab’s own statements and recruiting videos inform Maruf and Joseph’s investigation of the United States’ campaign against Al-Shabaab and how the 2006 US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia gave the group the popular support it needed to radicalize ordinary citizens and become a powerful movement.


Contents:

Foreword by Christopher Anzalone

Sources and Acknowledgments

Prologue: Birth of A Militant

Part 1: Origins and Rise

Chapter 1. Jihad Arrives in Somalia

Chapter 2. The CIA, Warlords, and Ethiopia

Chapter 3. “The Real Jihad Has Just Started”

Chapter 4. Godane

Chapter 5. Al-Shabaab Americans

Chapter 6. Radical Organization

Part 2: The Battle for Mogadishu

Chapter 7. “TFG IN GRAVE JEOPARDY”

Chapter 8. “Send Troops Within 24 Hours

Chapter 9. Zenith and Stalemate

Chapter 10. The Ramadan Offensive

Chapter 11. Withdrawal

Part 3: On the Run

Chapter 12. Divisions and Purge

Chapter 13. The Road to Westgate

Chapter 14. No Place to Hide

Part 4: Resurgence

Chapter 15. Arresting the Decline

Chapter 16. The ISIS Incursion

Chapter 17. Al-Shabaabs Future

Notes

Index


About the Authors:

Harun Maruf is Senior Editor in Voice of Americas Somali Service who has been covering Somalia and its struggles with war, terrorism, piracy, and drought since the early 1990s. With more than 100,000 followers, Maruf is the most followed Somali journalist on Twitter and a primary source of news to many people in the Horn of Africa. Prior to joining VOA, Maruf worked as a reporter for the BBC and Associated Press in Somalia and as a researcher for Human Rights Watch.

Dan Joseph is an editor in Voice of America’s central newsroom and has headed up its Africa desk since December 2005.


Target Audience:

People interested in Political science.

 

 
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