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The Cradle of al-Shabaab Liban A. Ahmad

The Cradle of al-Shabaab

Liban A. Ahmad

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Is Las Anod (Laascaanood) the district where former members of al-Itihaad al-Islaami founded Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen in 2003? An unpublished paper (The Anatomy of al-Shabaab) written in 2010 by a Somali analyst contains a quote from aMoreIs Las Anod (Laascaanood) the district where former members of al-Itihaad al-Islaami founded Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen in 2003? An unpublished paper (The Anatomy of al-Shabaab) written in 2010 by a Somali analyst contains a quote from a certain Sheikh A. Saeed whose account the author of the paper described as “authoritative” for calling “Laasa’aanood” the cradle of al-Shabaab. Comparing papers written on Somalia’s Islamist groups, the author of this essay aims to show that lack of historical thinking on the part of the author of the unpublished paper in question has caused failure to fact-check Sheikh A. Saeed’s assertion that “Laasa’aanood” is the birthplace of al-Shaabaab. Both a political conflict and an uncorroborated quote continue to put people of “Laasa’aanood”, Taleh and Huddun at a disadvantage when it comes to benefiting from development projects earmarked for regions in former British Somaliland.Liban A. Ahmad is a Somali-British writer specialising in Somali history, politics and language.