What Happened: The Islamic State in Somalia will begin releasing propaganda material in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, in an attempt to expand its presence in restive regions of the country, Voice of America reported Aug. 19.
Why It Matters: An expansion of the Islamic State into Ethiopia could further corrode the country's already fragile security environment and threaten foreign businesses operating in the country. However, it remains unclear whether the Islamic State possesses the required resources to gain a foothold in Ethiopia.
Background: Ethnic tensions in Ethiopia have led to unrest in various regions across the country, including Amhara and Somali. The Islamic State has also been exploiting local grievances and security vacuums to establish a presence in other areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, including countries in the Sahel region, as well as Nigeria, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique.
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