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Jabha East Africa

A new group styling itself Jabha East Africa (The East-African Front), gave bayah, or an oath of allegiance, to al-Baghdadi in April 2016 and recognized him as the rightful khalifa [leader] of all Muslims. The group may be made up of former members of al-Shabab. The group included fighters not only in Somalia but also in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

THeir statement said in part "We in JAHBA EAST AFRICA announce that we have due to our Bayah to Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi departed and are advising all East Africans to leave Al-Shabaab and their sponsor groups, like Al-Muhajiroun, Al-Hijra and Ansar Islam. Like Al-Shabaab the sponsor groups have not understood the binding obligation of the Khalifah. Many of the newly created JAHBA EAST AFRICA Mujahideen were carrying the sword in Somalia and some returned back home to open up new fronts. Sadly, Al-Shabaab has forgotten the resolved needed to work for the establishment of the rule of Allah. Many Kenyans, Tanzanians and Ugandan Mujahideen have been accused without evidence of working against Islam and the Mujahideen. Many have been detained for accepting the declaration of the Khalifah."

ISIS has not yet managed to establish a meaningful foothold in Somalia, Sahan Researchs Matt Bryden said. Its current presence, in the remote northeastern highlands, is isolated enough to provide a degree of security, but also consigns the group to irrelevance.

Pressure to switch allegiance from al-Qaeda grew when Nigerian insurgents Boko Haram joined Isis in March 2015 and released a message urging its fellow sub-Saharan jihadists to do the same.

Looking at Somalia, ISIL is trying to insert itself and then may threaten to move into Kenya, Rose Gottemoeller, the U.S. State Departments undersecretary for arms control and international security, reportedly said at a roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2015.

In 2015 there was a faction of al-Shabaab or the leader of a faction within al-Shabaab that did pledge allegiance to ISIS. Al-Shabaab has been linked to al-Qaeda; they pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2009. Members of the al-Qaeda-related group hunted down the ISIS dissenters in a series of ambushes and attacks, revealing a previously unknown fracture in group loyalties.




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