A new video by an extremist Islamist group in Somalia uses hip-hop music -- and what appears to be a white American fighter -- to urge Muslims around the world to fight in a holy war in the Horn of Africa.
Counterterrorism experts say it shows that extremists may still be trying to lure young Westerners to their cause.
St. Paul, Minn. — The 30-minute clip roughly fits the genre of propaganda videos created by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. It comes with all the usual trappings, such as opening credits and Arabic chanting.But counterterrorism experts say the video represents an evolution in the medium. The graphics are more sophisticated. It feels a little bit like a music video, and it's almost entirely in English.The video's captions and logo give credit to Al-Shabaab, a Somali militia with ties to Al-Qaeda.The FBI is reviewing the video as it continues to investigate the disappearances of about a dozen Minnesotans of Somali descent. Their relatives believe the young men are fighting with Al-Shabaab...more..http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/03/american_al_shabaab_recruiting_video/