Vi hansen al shabaab in somalia the history and ideology of a militant islamist group 2005 2012 p77 vii matt bryden the reinvention of al shabaab a strategy of choice or a necessity centre for strategic and international studies 2014 p3 . Al zawahiri approved and welcomed al shabaab as al qaedas somalia based affiliate in a 15 minute video response stating today i have glad tidings for the muslim ummah that will please the believers and disturb the disbelievers which is the joining of the shabaab al mujahideen movement in somalia to qaeda al jihad to support the jihadi . Al shabaab profile a history of somalias insurgent movement it was formed in 2006 by young men and until recently controlled most of southern somalia but now its control of home territory has . Stig jarle hansen has written what is undoubtedly the best book on al shabaab a militant islamist group based in somalia currently available it has received high praise from international africa commentators as gerard prunier jpeter pham and christopher coker hansen a professor in international relations based in norway clearly had unprecedented access to the movement over years . This book explores the history of the somalia based al harakat al shabaab from 2005 to 2012 offering the first in detail history of one of the most important al qaeda affiliates today and the first to conquer large territories
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