30 Sep '13, 2pm

Zawahiri's man in Shabaab's 'secret service'

Last week, we reported on a UN analysis warning that Al Hijra, Shabaab's ally, was planning "new and more complex operations" in Kenya. The warning was noteworthy given that it was published in a UN Monitoring Group report in July, just over two months before the siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi . Perhaps the attack was not directly connected to the specific intelligence that led to the UN's warning. Still, the gist of the warning was certainly correct. We will likely learn more in the coming weeks, as authorities are still piecing together the details. But the UN Monitoring Group's report contains several other interesting observations. Here is one concerning the Amniyat , which is Shabaab's "secret service" and is "structured along the lines of a clandestine organization within the organization with the intention of surviving any kind of dissolution of Shabaab." The...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013...

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