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Topic - Abdi Rashid
Al Qaeda's decision to formally extend its terrorist franchise to what once was a nationalist movement in Somalia may be only a desperate joining of hands to prop up two militant groups that are losing popular support and facing increasingly deadly military attacks, analysts said.
Abdi Rashid, a Somalia expert, said it's not clear what benefit al Qaeda gets out of the newly announced partnership, given that al-Shabab has been losing large chunks of territory to the East African militaries fighting it in Somalia.
"They have shown the capacity and the skill, and I think the Kampala attack was clearly - if you want to call it this - a rite of passage," Mr. Rashid said.