The al-Shabab militia was little known before the bombing Sunday of World Cup fans in Uganda. The group controls a large portion of Somalia and exerts major influence over every aspect of residents’ lives, even the decision to join a soccer team. We learn more about al-Shabab from a reporter who recently traveled to Somalia.


  • Sudarsan Raghavan Africa Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
  • Jennifer Cooke Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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