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Senior Emirati official warns of possibility of Islamic State and al-Shabab collaboration

  • Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, talks with one of the guests at the opening of Counter-Piracy Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, talks with one of the guests at the opening of Counter-Piracy Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, right, talks with one of the guests at the opening of Counter-Piracy Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, right, talks with one of the guests at the opening of Counter-Piracy Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 photo, a military troop stands guard during a media briefing on the European Union's Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, from Italy, docked at the port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Andrea Doria arrived to Dubai in support of the EU chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and will stay in Dubai during the UAE Counter-Piracy Conference starting Oct. 29 in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 photo, a military troop stands guard during a media briefing on the European Union's Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, from Italy, docked at the port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Andrea Doria arrived to Dubai in support of the EU chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and will stay in Dubai during the UAE Counter-Piracy Conference starting Oct. 29 in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat warned Wednesday that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and he said more should be done to prepare for such a threat. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat is warning that the Islamic State group could team up with Islamic militants in Somalia, and says more should be done to prepare for such a threat.

The Emirati foreign minister, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, made the comments Wednesday at a counter-piracy conference in Dubai.

He said "what really scares us" is the possibility of collaboration between extremists such as the Islamic State group that now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, and the militant Islamic group al-Shabab in Somalia.

Sheik Abdullah did not cite any specific intelligence pointing to active collaboration between the groups. His country is among the most prominent Arab allies taking part in U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group.