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Join us for a discussion with co-authors Harun Maruf and Dan Joseph on their book Inside Al-Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda's Most Powerful Ally, which recounts the rise, fall, and resurgence of this overlooked terrorist organization and provides an intimate understanding of its connections with Al-Qaeda.

This lecture will be moderated by Paul D. Williams, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School, GW.


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Drawing from interviews with former Al-Shabaab militants, including high-ranking officials, military commanders, police, and foot soldiers, Harun Maruf and Dan Joseph reveal the motivations of those who commit their lives to the group and its violent jihadist agenda. A wealth of sources including US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, letters taken from the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, case files from the prosecution of American Al-Shabaab members, emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, and Al-Shabaab's own statements and recruiting videos inform Maruf and Joseph's investigation of the United States' campaign against Al-Shabaab and how the 2006 US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia gave the group the popular support it needed to radicalize ordinary citizens and become a powerful movement.

About the Authors

Harun Maruf

Harun Maruf is a reporter and writer at VOA Africa Division with an extensive experience in working in conflict zones. He has been covering security, extremism, piracy, human rights, politics and other current affairs issues for nearly three decades. He has reported on the emergence of Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State militants in Somalia; the travels of Somali youth from Minnesota to Syria to fight alongside ISIS and has presented hundreds of original radio documentaries about Al-Shabab, extremism, corruption, piracy, and human rights. Prior to VOA Maruf worked for BBC and Associated Press as a reporter in Somalia, and as a researcher for Human Rights Watch. He holds a Master of Arts in international journalism from the City, University of London.

Dan Joseph

Dan Joseph is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Indiana University who has spent more than two decades covering news events in our nation's capital. He has been editor of the Africa Desk in the Voice of America's central newsroom since 2005. "Inside Al-Shabaab" is his first book. He is currently working on a second book, a solo project about a very famous baseball player.

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