The Islamic State in Somalia (ISS) was formed in October 2015 under the leadership Abdulqadr Mumin, a former al-Shabaab commander. In May of 2016 a different group formed named Jahba East Africa (Islamic State / IS Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda / ISISSKTU) centered around a medical student named Mohammed Abdi Ali, the group who captured the port town of Qandala on 26 October 2016 is different set of militants (profiled below).Islamic State Leadership Structure 2020Third possible Regional IS groupIt also should be noted that on 14 September al Shabaab's leader in Kenya, Ahmed Iman Ali, pledged to the Islamic State. It is unclear how many members followed in his defection or if he will fold into ISS or ISSKTU or create his own franchise.TRAC INCIDENT REPORT: Ahmed Iman Ali, al Shabaab Leader in Kenya, Pledges to the Islamic State - 14 September 2016ISS Strength & Areas of OperationsThe group is comprised of about 300 former al-Shabaab fighters. The Islamic…
Islamic State in Somalia - (Abnaa ul-Calipha / ISS / ISISS)
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