THE SAGA OF MUKHTAR ROBOW AND SOMALIA’S FRACTIOUS POLITICS

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THE SAGA OF MUKHTAR ROBOW AND SOMALIA’S FRACTIOUS POLITICS

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January 30, 2019| Arlaadi Online

Much has changed for Mukhtar “Abu Mansur” Robow, a key founding member of the Somali jihadist organization al-Shabaab, over the past decade. In November 2008, al-Shabaab was sweeping across southern and central Somalia toward the capital city of Mogadishu. Robow led the jihadists not only in their fight against the Somali government and allied international forces but also in their enactment of territorial governance and implementation of a harsh form of Islamic law (shari’a). That month, according to an al-Shabaab communiqué from the time, he and other senior al-Shabaab officials delivered public speeches announcing the jihadist-insurgent rulers’ new system of law and order.

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