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Al-Ittihaad al-Islami (AIAI)

group name

Al-Ittihaad al-Islami (AIAI); Islamic Union, Islamic Unity.


Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya.

stated purpose

When active, AIAI sought to create an Islamic state in Somalia and Ethiopia. The group also sought to force the secession of the Ogeden region of Ethiopia.


At its height, was thought to have about 2,000 members.

Al-Ittihaad al-Islam's connection to outside organizations has been a matter of dispute dispute. The group has been suspected of links to Al-Qaida, and to the terrorist network connected to...

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