(KISMAYO, Somalia) — The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has officially lost control of its last major stronghold now that Allied African forces confirm they have seized the key port city of Kismayo.
The al Shabab militants were blamed for causing the instability in Somalia that turned last year’s drought into a famine when aid agencies couldn’t safely reach hundreds of thousands of starving people.
Now that al Shabab no longer controls any large cities in Somalia, some analysts fear the group could shift its focus to planning more terrorist attacks in other countries.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN