Kenya BBQs al-Shabaab’s charcoal businessJanuary 27, 2012
The West owes a hearty thanks to Kenya and its military for taking on the forces of al-Shabaab in East Africa. In a year-end press conference, a Kenya Defense Force spokesman indicated that their war is successfully disrupting al-Shabaab from shipping charcoal—a market that Al-Shabaab has consistently exploited to fund its terror.
Al-Shabaab imposes at 2½ percent zakat tax on every stage of Somalia’s charcoal production and exportation. NTV Kenya notes that “According to the military spokesman, Colonel Cyrus Oguna, charcoal business has been the main source of funding to the Al-Shabaab militants.”