McCormack said the United States and North Korea had reached agreement "on an number of important verification measures" of North Korea's nuclear program.
These include participation by all members of the Six Party Talks, the role of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, access to all of North Korea's nuclear facilities and what procedures would be used in the verification process.
"Every element of verification that we sought is included in this package," McCormack said at a news conference.
A senior State Department official said earlier that President Bush made the decision Friday night to remove North Korea from the terrorism list. Watch how North Korea escaped the terror list
Designation of Al-Shabaab
U.S. Department of State
Al Shabaab: AKA Al Qaeda in Somalia, "The Youth"
May 1, 2008 a U.S. air strike hit it's target in Somalia. It was Aden Hashi Ayro, who led al Shabaab militants that have been blamed for attacks on government troops and their Ethiopian allies that have assisted the Somali government in the past fight against the Islamist militant group. The death is being taken very hard by members who promise to carry on their fight with a new leader that is chosen. Somalia-based al Qaeda operatives were suspected of carrying out two suicide attacks in Kenya that killed 224 people at the U.S. embassy in 1998 and 15 at an Israeli-owned beach hotel in 2002. The embassy attacks led President Bill Clinton to the final decision to bomb al Qaeda training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan where militants like Ayro later trained and gained expertise in Islamic warfare under al Qaeda central leadership. President Bush has ordered strikes in the region in the past few years that have targeted personnel as well as other military targets inside Somalia. The State department has long believed that Somalia, especially the Mogadishu area, is a breeding ground for Islamic terrorist fighters. On February 29, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated al-Shabaab (aka al-Shabab, aka Shabaab, aka the Youth, aka Mujahidin al-Shabaab Movement, aka Mujahideen Youth Movement, aka Mujahidin Youth Movement, aka MYM, aka Harakat Shabab al-Mujahidin, aka Hizbul Shabaab, aka Hisb’ul Shabaab, aka al-Shabaab al-Islamiya, aka Youth Wing, aka al Shabaab al-Islaam, aka al-Shabaab al-Jihaad, aka the Unity of Islamic Youth) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
Sheikh Muktar Robow, an al-Shabaab leader, apparently welcomes State’s designation as he stated to the BBC:
“Al-Shabab feels honoured to be included on the list. We are good Muslims and the Americans are infidels. We are on the right path,” he said.
Who is Al Shabaab?
Al-Shabaab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of individuals affiliated with al-Qaida. Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Al Shabaab is the armed wing of the Somalia Islamic Courts Council that took over most of southern Somalia for six months in 2006, until government troops backed by Ethiopian forces routed it in a two-week war.
Al-Shabaab has used intimidation and violence to undermine the Somali government and threatened civil society activists working to bring about peace through political dialogue and reconciliation. The group scattered leaflets on the streets of Mogadishu warning participants in last year’s reconciliation conference that they intended to bomb the conference venue. Al-Shabaab promised to shoot anyone planning to attend the conference and to blow up delegates’ cars and hotels. Although al-Shabaab did not carry out these particular threats, the group has claimed responsibility for shooting Deputy District Administrators, as well as several bombings and shootings in Mogadishu targeting Ethiopian troops and Somali government officials. Al-Shabaab’s leader, Aden Hashi Ayrow, has ordered his fighters to attack African Union (AU) troops based in Mogadishu. Ayrow has also called for foreign fighters to join al-Shabaab in their fight in Somalia. Given the threat that al-Shabaab poses, the designation will raise awareness of al-Shabaab’s activities and help undercut the group’s ability to threaten targets in and destabilize the Horn of Africa region.
Leadership of Al Shabaab
The leader of al Shabaab until early this morning was Aden Hashi Ayro (Aden Hashi Farah "Eyrow" (also spelled Ayrow ). He was a member of the Ayr subclan in Somailia. He joined the Islamic Court in the mid 1990's. He would attend training camps in Afghanistan and was trained in explosives and insurgency tactics that would assist the Islamic Courts Union after his return to Somalia in 2003. Al Shabaab was initially set up to protect leaders and group members of the Somali Islamic Courts and to carry our assassinations of foreign targets. Ayro was hand picked to go to Afghanistan by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys. Aweys was the leader of the Shura Islamic Courts Union of Somalia. This group aim is to create am Islamic state in Somalia that is ruled by Islamic sharia law. Aweys is believed to be part of the group that carried out the bombings of the two U.S. bombings in 1998. The group has looted villages and towns leaving a path of destruction in it's wake since it began offensive operations. It is thought that Ayro sent hundreds of his Islamic fighters to Lebanon to fight against Israel in 2006. This group has a blend of Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya members that are associated closely with al Qaeda. This fact concludes that a new leader will be named quickly with a revenge attack to follow as a show of force.
A quick video covering the current situation of terrorist groups including al Shabaab and their attempts to continue to disrupt Somalia. The Islamic extremist groups are attempting to overthrow the current government and to instill Islamic law throughout Somalia. In their quest they have murdered, looted and left a destructive path wherever they attack. Islamic Terrorists are growing and well established threat that has been brewing since the early 1990's in Somalia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imj9Zw5g1Yo&eurl=http://www.terroristplanet.com/alshabaab.htm
Somalia : Eliminating the Terrorist Threat U.S. State Department list targets of Somalia terrorists
Most of the Terrorist are from Hawiye tribe (al-shabaab) The leadership is mostly sub-clans of Hawiye (Habar Gidir clan) With The Exception Of OGADEN CLAN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB2mnoXLoec&feature=related (ONLF )own hassan turki(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasan_Hersi) and Abu Mansur a foot soldier from al-Qaeda. Somalia has been at war since 1991, The Horn of Africa nation has been plagued by chaos and clan-based civil war since HAWIYE Warlordism". , TERRORISM. PIRATESM ,TRIBILISM Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government US airstrike kills leader of Shabab movement in Somalia also
In-depth Look At how did somalia became terrorist haven
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