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American jihadist reportedly flees al Qaeda’s crackdown in Somalia | The Long War Journal

American jihadist reportedly flees al Qaeda’s crackdown in Somalia | The Long War Journal

An American jihadist who fought in the ranks of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, has reportedly surrendered to African Union forces in Somalia.

Al Jazeera has identified the man as Abdul Malik Jones, a “middle-aged American citizen” who fled Shabaab after he pledged bay’ah (allegiance) to the Islamic State.

Source: American jihadist reportedly flees al Qaeda’s crackdown in Somalia | The Long War Journal