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Somali militant group al-Shabaab formally joins al-Qaida

From the Guardian

The Somali militant group al-Shabaab has formally joined al-Qaida, according to a video translation of a message from al-Qaida's leader.

Ayman al-Zawahiri gave "glad tidings" that al-Shabaab had joined al-Qaida, according to the translation of the 15-minute video by the Site Intelligence group on Thursday.

"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 Qaidat al-Jihad, to support the jihadi unity against the Zio-Crusader campaign and their assistants amongst the treacherous agent rulers," he said.

But the new al-Zawahiri video – which was posted on an Islamic Internet forum on Thursday – is the first formal welcoming of al-Shabaab by the new al-Qaida leader. The new video also featured the al-Shabaab chairman, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Godane, pledging allegiance to al-Zawahiri.

Western intelligence officials say that al-Qaida officials have found sanctuary with al-Shabaab for years

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