MOGADISHU (HAN) November 11, 2015. Public Diplomacy & regional Security. Worrying reports have emerged saying that ISIL militants are rapidly expanding in Africa. In East Africa, Somalia’s Prime Minister has warned the UN Security Council that al-Shabaab militants are now affiliated to ISIL. Omar Sharmarke was speaking at a special session of the Security Council.
He told the council that the recent pledge to join ISIL should not be taken lightly, adding that tackling the crisis in Yemen is crucial in order to prevent ISIL from supporting al-Shabaab. Yemen lies just across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia.