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ISIS in Somalia: A Growing Threat

ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, has been expanding its presence in Somalia, posing a significant threat to the region’s stability. The group’s affiliate in Somalia, officially known as the Islamic State in Somalia (ISS), has been active since 2015, primarily operating in the northern part of the country, including the Puntland region.

Recruitment and Ideology

ISIS in Somalia has been able to recruit fighters, often exploiting local grievances and clan dynamics. The group’s ideology, based on a radical interpretation of Islam, appeals to some disaffected individuals seeking a sense of purpose and belonging.

Activities and Tactics

ISS has been involved in various activities, including attacks on government and civilian targets, as well as clashes with other armed groups in the region. The group has also carried out assassinations and bombings, often targeting security forces and officials.

Relationship with Al-Shabaab

ISIS in Somalia has had a contentious relationship with Al-Shabaab, the dominant militant group in the country. While both groups share a similar jihadist ideology, they have clashed over control and tactics. Al-Shabaab has condemned ISIS for its brutality and attempts to expand its influence in Somalia.

Response and Counterterrorism Efforts

The Somali government, with the support of international partners, has been conducting counterterrorism operations against ISIS in Somalia. These efforts aim to degrade the group’s capabilities and prevent its further expansion in the region.


ISIS in Somalia remains a significant security threat, with the potential to further destabilize the country and the wider region. Continued efforts to counter the group’s influence and activities are crucial to maintaining peace and security in Somalia.