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Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (“Mujahideen Youth Movement” or “Movement of Striving Youth”), more commonly known as al-Shabaab (“The Youth” or “The Youngsters,” also translated as “The Guys”‘), is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda. In February 2012, some of the group’s leaders quarreled with Al-Qaeda over the union, and quickly lost ground.
DATE LAST EDITED: 07-2019