Jeremy Scahill recounts, in great detail, the US midwiving of Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab:
In backing the Ethiopian invasion, the United States calculated that it could crush the “jihadist” elements of the [Islamic Courts Union], while encouraging a reconciliation between its more moderate members and officials of the [Transitional Federal Government]. While the government that would emerge after the invasion included many former leaders of the ICU, Washington grossly miscalculated the blowback from the invasion. “The end result of the US-backed Ethiopian invasion and occupation,” Buubaa, the former foreign minister, told me, was “driving Somalia into the Al Qaeda fold.”
Comfort Ero briefs us on a different African terrorist group, Nigeria's Boko Haram.