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  • Somalis march through the streets of Mogadishu at a government-organized rally against the militant group al-Shabab on Wednesday. Many of the demonstrators were protesting the recent merger between al Qaeda and al-Shabab. (Associated Press)

    Al Qaeda embrace of al-Shabab seen as driven by desperation

    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.

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