Shabaab and Ras Kambooni ‘group’ merger
This is interesting. This moves the guys in Shabaab closer to getting official al Qaeda sanction and acceptance of their pledge. From memory Hassan Turki has some pretty interesting historical links to al Qaeda, which you can find in the Harmony database on the Westpoint CTC’s website.
I wrote some time ago that I didn’t think al Qaeda would accept Shabaab or a Somali entity more generally until these older guys were brought on board and the in-fighting stopped. It’s not all smooth sailing over there yet, but this does lay some pretty solid groundwork towards this eventuality. It’s worth keeping a very close eye on.