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Al Shabaab Leader Threatens the US with Jihad

Fuad Mohamed Khalaf (in the middle in camouflage jacket)

Fuad Mohamed Khalaf (in the middle in camouflage jacket)

Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, also known as Fuad Shongole, one of the Somali Jihadist terror group Al Shabaab’s leaders, issued a threat to the United States this week, proclaiming that holy war will come to America and that Islam’s flag will one day fly over Washington.

Khalaf, who has a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head as part of the US Rewards for Justice program, said that that Al Shabaab would bring jihad to Kenya and Uganda “and afterward, with God’s will, to America.”

Al Shabaab has already previously carried out attacks in Kenya and Uganda.

This is not a threat to be taken lightly. Al Shabaab has a cadre of support among the Somali refugee community in the United States, particularly in parts of southern California, Maine, Minnesota and Tennessee. There have been multiple convictions of Somalis in the US for material support of terrorism for recruiting and raising funds for Al Shabaab.

In addition, Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki joined Al Shabaab after growing up in Daphne, Alabama and serving a president of the Muslim Students Association at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

Al Shabaab has the personnel and the motivation to wage jihad in the US and we have ample evidence of what happens when we ignore a Jihadist threat metastasizing in a Third World failed nation…

 

 

Islamic militants kill 32 in Somalia

A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a hotel near Somalia’s presidential palace Monday, sparking a running gun battle with security forces. At least 32 people were killed, including six Somali parliamentarians.

The multi-pronged assault came less than 24 hours after the country’s most dangerous militant group — al-Shabab — threatened a “massive” war against what it labeled as invaders, a reference to the 6,000 African Union troops in Mogadishu.

Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the al-Shabab militia, said that members of the group’s “special forces” had carried out the attack against those “aiding the infidels.”

Militant veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are believed to be helping train members of al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaida. Tuesday’s assault is only the latest in a series of increasingly lethal attacks. Last month the group claimed responsibility for twin bombings during the World Cup final in Uganda’s capital, blasts that killed 76 people.

Al-Shabab said the attack was in retaliation for Uganda’s role in the African Union force in Mogadishu.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/23/killed-somalia-fighting-al-shabab-spokesman-declares-massive-war-invaders/

Thrice Charged in Al Qaeda Plots and Out on Bail…

A Kenyan Muslim who once admitted that he was part of a planned Al Qaeda operation to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is now facing charges in connection with last month’s Al Qaeda attacks in Uganda but is free on bail.

Salmin Mohammed Khamis, 34, also was acquitted in 2005 in the bombing of a beachfront hotel frequented by Israeli tourists, two years after he divulged the embassy plot. Khamis was never even charged in connection with the embassy case, despite his confession.

He was one of seven people acquitted in the 2002 Islamikaze bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa, Kenya in which 15 people were killed. He also was acquitted of charges in connection with a failed attempt to shoot down an Israeli passenger plane with a SA-7 man-portable surface to air missile that same day.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/11/man-charged-harboring-ugandans-said-al-qaida-plot-blow-embassy/

Uganda Jihad Attack Updates

By now, TTB readers already know that Al Qaeda-affiliated  Al Shahab operating out of Somalia is taking responsibility for the bomb attacks in Uganda which have so far claimed 74 lives. This TTB posting will include links to various updates and analyses of the attacks.

Newsweek has a pretty good, concise summary of the attack, with a video report embedded:

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/12/jihad-moves-into-africa-s-breadbasket.html?

Dan Morrison has a particularly lousy analysis over on Slate, in which he essentially says that Uganda brought this on itself. He has fallen into the usual trap which says that the Jihadists act in response to actions of others. The fact of the matter is, Uganda had already been impacted by the Jihadist violence in Somalia as refugees spilled over their border before they sent troops to Mogadishu to attempt to bring some semblance of stability to the failed state. For that matter, Uganda had also been impacted by Jihadist activity in Sudan similarly…

http://www.slate.com/id/2260235/?

The Telegraph points out that the Uganda attacks initially targeted Ethiopians in Uganda. It also mentions that Somalia seems to be turning into a petrie dish of Jihadi activity with terrorists streaming in from Iraq and Afghanistan. (We might also add that there is at least one Jihadi from the exotic, far-off land known as Alabama as well.) That Somalia may turn into a staging area for Jihad was a concern as long ago as 2002-2003 when US amphibious forces and German naval units initially set up offshore but did not take action and eventually withdrew from the area…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/7885898/Al-Qaeda-linked-Somali-Islamists-blamed-for-killing-74-in-Uganda-World-Cup-blasts.html?

Bloomberg mentions that Burundi may be the next nation on Al Shahab’s hit list, since that nation has 2500 peacekeepers in Somalia…

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-12/somali-islamists-say-they-carried-out-uganda-bomb-attacks-that-killed-74.html?

It should come as no surprise that an Al Qaeda affiliate targeted World Cup fans. There have been plots and rumors of plots to target the World Cup for a few months…

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2537585/posts#worldcupihad2010

Speaking of soccer, back in Somalia, Al Shahab is a serious threat to Somalis who simply want to play soccer…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/10/AR2010071002033.html?waporef=obinsite

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