Islamic State-affiliated fighters in Somalia release first official video

The Horn of Africa nation has a small but growing presence of Islamic State-affiliated fighters.

“#ISIS called on lone wolves to attack during #Christmas and #NewYearsEve, and to hit nightclubs, churches, and markets, regardless of the presence of children,” the SITE Intelligence Group said in a description of the video. 

The Horn of Africa nation has a small but growing presence of Islamic State-affiliated fighters. Many of them are defectors from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist group. Last month, the U.S. military for the first time conducted airstrikes against these fighters who are based in northern Somalia’s rural Puntland.

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