Al-Shabab is a jihadi militant organization based in Somalia. The group was founded between 2004 and 2006; it claims to fight for an Islamic theocracy in the Horn of Africa. Its name al-Shabab means "the Youth."
Al-Shabab controls large parts of central and southern Somalia, and has ties to other Islamist terror groups such as al Qaeda and Boko Haram. They have carried out attacks across the region, including a 2013 shooting at the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, which left more than 60 people dead. This is a collection of DW's latest content on al-Shabab.
Government forces have launched a brutal offensive to consolidate territory on the outskirts of Damascus. Warplanes have struck rebel-held areas, killing at least 30 civilians attempting to flee, according to a monitor.
Syrian forces and rebel groups have engaged in fierce fighting on several fronts in eastern Ghouta. Reports suggest a delegation from the opposition-held town of Hammuriyeh is considering an evacuation deal.
Citing a lack of trust in media coverage, AfD parliamentarians have gone to Syria to assess the security situation for themselves. The party has been pushing to declare Syria a safe country and send back Syrian refugees.