Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya is a fundamentalist Islamic group in Somalia that raised money did for al-Qaeda but evolved into a separate terrorist group. AIAI was established between 1982 and 1984 and, along with other organizations, sought to overthrow the government in Somalia. AIAI began its alliance with Al-Qaida in 1993 and Osama bin Laden devoted substantial funds towards the establishment of an AIAI-administered authority in Somalia, which supported the ultimate aim of setting up an Al-Qaida base of operations there. AIAI later supported Al-Qaida’s bombing of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998. AIAI also supported Al-Qaida’s bomb attack on the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala and the simultaneous attack against a civilian airliner in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2002. It was responsible for ambushing U.S. Army Rangers and for terrorist bombings in Ethiopia. It is believed to have branches in several countries.VideoVideo: Photo montage…
al Ittihad al Islamiyya (AIAI)
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