Thursday, December 2, 2010

Al Qaeda luring American Jihadists?


Editorial

 
 Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19 years old   Somali-born U.S. citizen was arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon last Friday evening, He was too young to drink but apparently old enough to pursue jihad.also  A Somali-born woman in San Diego  was accused of routing money to shabaab,also in San  Diego Two alleged supporters of a Somalia-based terrorist al-shabaab  will remain behind bars.Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud  aka  Mohamad Khadar and  Basaaly Saeed Moalin they providing material support to terrorist  indictment  in St. Louis resident Mohamud Abdi Yusuf  have  been indicted and arrested on four charges of providing material support to a designated shabaab terrorist organization and one charge of conspiracy to structure financial transactions  indictment here[PDF] , August 4 this year  U.S. citizen from Chicago was charged with plotting to go to Somalia to join the Islamist terror group, Al-Shabaab. Twenty-six-year old Shaker Masri was born in Alabama but did not grow up inside America. He returned to the USA when he was 18.

He was arrested on Tuesday evening hours before he was about to board a flight to California, but was intending to continue to Somalia, an FBI official stated. Masri worked for a company that translated Korans into English and distributed them for free. Shaker Masri and had been arrested after being involved in conversations over several weeks with an FBI informant who also worked at the publishing company’s warehouse, which was based in Addison, Illinois. The informant had a “wire” and these allowed their conversations to be recorded.  Masri apparently claimed that he was an admirer of Anwar al-Awlaki the American-born Yemeni terror master who had been an imam at the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia, and had advised Fort Hood killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan and also the underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Associated Press via AOLNews states that:

Masri suggested to a confidential informant that he "personally knew" the man who was arrested in Virginia, according to court documents.

 in Virginia, Zachary Chesser, who was known for posting an online warning to the creators of "South Park" that they risked death by mocking the Prophet Muhammad, was arrested and charged with offering himself as a fighter to al-Shabab.

Masri apparently told the informant that he wanted to wear a suicide vest until requested to detonate it, and said he did not expect to reach 30. Masri had planned to go to Mexico to engage in terror training before going to Somalia. The full list of charges can be viewed here. According to the deposition of Special Agent Robert C. Parker of the FBI’s Chicago Field Division, the CS (Cooperating Source) was paid between $40,000 and $45,000. Masri had planned to go to Somalia, accompanied by the CS. In Robert Parker’s deposition statement is found the following:

49. In response to the CS's inquiries about what would transpire once they reached
Somalia, Masri stated that there are two groups in southern Somalia, which he identified as alMuhajiroun and al-Ansar. Masri explained that al-Muhajiroun was the group for foreign fighters, while al-Ansar was for local militants. Masri explained that they would be placed with al Muhajiroun.

The CS then asked Masri whether both groups were part of al-Shabaab. Masri
indicated that they were. He similarly stated that both groups were part of al-Qaeda.

Masri is being held without bond until August 9, when he reappears in court. Though Masri made mention of knowing Zacchary Chessler, the FBI maintains that the two had not made direct contact. Masri was also engage in a long-distance relationship with a woman in London, who gave testimony to the FBI:

"It appeared to her that he never intended to build a life with her but, instead, at best, to marry her, get her pregnant and then 'emigrate for the sake of God,' 'to learn more about his (religion)’, and then disappear, ‘never to return’."

A few days ago, on July 31, Masri was apparently seen watching four US soldiers and said he wished he could blow them up in a suicide attack. The CS asked why he would waste his life on only four soldiers, and Masri reviewed his position, suggesting that he wished he had the chance to blow up a busload of soldiers.

The Somali Islamist “Cause”

The Somali insurgency has already attracted many US-based jihadists.  Masri was not the first Alabama-born person to be indicted on charges of being involved with the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.



Omar Hammami  had been from Daphne, Alabama. Born in May 1984, he had a Christian mother and domineering Syrian Muslim father, but he had been raised as a Southern Baptist. A trip made to Damascus, Syria, in the summer of 1998 had made an impression upon him, and gradually he began to drift towards Islam. He became involved with Salafists, moved to Toronto and married a woman of Somali ancestry. With his wife and daughter, Hammami had gone to Egypt, where he met the Islamist radical Daniel Maldonado.

Maldonado had converted to Islam in 2000 and had gone with his family to Egypt in November 2005. In Egypt, Maldonado introduced Hammami to underground mosques. In November 2006, accompanied by Maldonado, Hammami had gone to Somalia, and then disappeared. It is believed that shortly after going to Somalia, he became a member of Al-Shabaab. He reappeared in March 2009 as Abu Mansour al-Amriki (the “American”) in a jihadist video, made in January of 2009, in which he said with a smile:

“The only reason we're staying here away from our families away from the cities... away from, you know, ice, candy bars all these other things - is because we are waiting to meet with the enemy…. We’re waiting for the enemy to come….We’re going to kill all of them.”

In September 2009, Hammami was indicted in his absence for providing material support to terrorists.

Robert Mueller, head of the FBI, gave a speech on March 28, 2007, in which he spoke of Maldonado, the man who had gone with Hammami into Somalia:

“Legats coordinate international investigations, such as the arrest of suspected terrorist Daniel Maldonado. Maldonado, an American citizen who converted to the Muslim faith, moved from Houston to Egypt in November 2005. He then travelled to Somalia to practice what he called “true Islam.”

According to the indictment, while in Mogadishu, Maldonado participated in a jihadist training program that included weapons and explosives. He said that he was willing to fight on behalf of Al Qaeda and even offered to act as a suicide bomber.

Kenyan military authorities captured Maldonado in January. Members of the Houston Joint Terrorism Task Force transported him back to the United States.

This case illustrates the continued need for international and interagency cooperation. Without the assistance of our counterparts in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, Maldonado might have disappeared, only to resurface as an active terrorist.”

Arrested in January 2007, Maldonado had grown up in Pelham, New Hampshire, and had converted to Islam in Methuen, Massachusetts. He gave three statements to the FBI. In a handwritten affidavit, he mentioned that he heard Somalia was becoming a “true Islamic state.” Maldonado wrote:

"I would be able to live, pray, act, dress and be a Muslim without anyone yelling at me, calling me names, refusing me jobs or apartments.”

On Saturday June 5, 2010, two arrests were made at JFK airport, Queens, New York. These were Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey. The pair were said to be intending to travel to Cairo, Egypt, and from there to make their way to Somalia to join Al Shabaab.

Alessa and Almonte had been described as losers with no purpose who had become converts to Islam. They apparently thought that through Islam they would get “dignity and honor”. In undercover surveillance, Alessa was heard stating: “I'm going to get a gun. I'm the type of person to use it at any time. I'll have more bodies on it than the hairs on my beard.”

Chesser and Revolution Muslim

Zachary A. Chesser (pictured), who had allegedly been an associate of Shaker Masri, grew up in Fairfax Virginia. In April, using the alias Abu Talhah Al-Amerikee, Chesser had written on a website called Revolution Muslim what has been seen by many as a threat to the lives of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of “South Park.” After their animated series featured Mohammed, the founder of Islam, hidden inside a bear suit, Chessler wrote:

“what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Theo van Gogh had been murdered on an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004, by Mohamed Bouyeri, after he “insulted” Islam by projecting verses from the Koran onto the bare flesh of women in his documentary called “Submission.”

Chesser was arrested last month and charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. His indictment sheet, dated July 21, 2010, can be viewed here. Chesser was not charged for the comments on Revolution Muslim website.  He allegedly confessed to FBI agents of having links to Al Shabaab, and had said he had intended to travel to Somalia to join the terrorist group. He allegedly said he was “willing to die for Islam.”

On Monday, July 27, Chesser was told by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis that he was a danger to his own family and the community, and that he would remain in jail until his trial. On July 10, Chesser had been prevented from boarding a flight to Somalia. With him was his 7 month old son. Judge Davis said:

“An individual who has no concern for his own life probably has little concern for the lives of others. It's all right if he wants to put his life in danger, but if he's not going to look out for his 7-month-old son, then this court is going to do so.”

John Gibbs, the prosecutor, claimed that after he discovered that he was on a no-fly list, Chesser had – on July 21 – met with FBI officials and offered himself up as an informant, if he were allowed to fly to Somalia.

An Exodus of Malcontents

Various locations have been seen as Meccas for jihadists. Chechnya was a popular location until Russian federal authorities made it more difficult for foreigners to enter the federal republic. Afghanistan became a magnet for many European jihadists, and some Americans, and then Iraq after the invasion of March, 2003. Since Somali Islamists briefly managed to take control of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, on June 5, 2006, jihadist interest in Somalia has increased. The Islamists lost control of Somalia, and the conflict has continued. Ethiopia, at the behest of the UN-appointed transitional government, had helped to remove the Islamists from power, and they retreated into splinter groups. Since then, there has been a battle for control of various towns and regions. Al-Shabaab, being one of the most brutal factions, has gained primacy among the Islamist insurgents.

One of the Islamists who had been head of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) that had established itself in 2006 was Hassan Dahir Aweys, who had formerly headed the terrorist group Al-Itihaad Al-Islamiya (AIAI). Aweys had been leading a private army for some years in the Horn of Africa.

Recently, there have been attempts within Somalia for the current group that Aweys heads - Hizbul Islam – to combine forces with Al Shabaab to fight the UN-appointed “transitional government” of Somalia. Those talks which were taking place with Aweys and Musa Mansoor of Al-Shabaab, have foundered.

In 2006, Al Shabaab had been led by Muktar Ali Robow (Abu Mansoor) and had emerged as a splinter group from the Islamic Courts Union, led at that time by Sharif Ahmed with Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys as a deputy. Since January 2009, Sharif Ahmed has been the elected president of Somalia.

Aweys came to power as one of the many “warlords” who emerged in the chaos that ensued after the dictator Siad Barre had been ousted. Initially he had been a supporter of Al Shabaab, but his own ambitions for power appear to be blocking agreements between his group and Al Shabaab. The current leader of Al Shabaab is unknown, but it has been suggested that he is Sheik Mohamed Mukhtar Abdirahman, aka Abu Zubeyr.

Because of its open links with Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab has attracted the interest of foreign jihadists who had initially had been going to the region as US forces were involved in Somalia. On June 3, 2007, Somali authorities announced that six foreign fighters had been killed in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region of Somalia. One of the bodies carried an American passport, and another was said to be British. The alleged insurgents were hit by a US missile. The other combatants were from Sweden, Yemen and Pakistan.

In January 2007, four British men were arrested in Kenya on the border with Somalia, suspected of going to fight jihad. The men were from London. They were released without charge in February.

Between 2006 and 2008, about two dozen men from the Somali communities of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had disappeared, and it was assumed that they had gone to fight in the Somali jihad. Some of these were said to have worshipped at mosque in the city, called the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center. This mosque has a high following, as the largest mosque in Minneapolis.

On October 28, 2008, one of these “disappeared” men drove an explosives-laden vehicle at a crowd of Ethiopian soldiers in northern Somalia, killing both himself and 29 other people. This man, identified by DNA taken from his body fragments, was Shirwa Ahmed of Minneapolis.



Ahmed had come with his Somali family as an immigrant to America in 1996 and had graduated from Roosevelt High School.  In 2008 he had returned to Somalia to become a jihadist. He was a naturalized American citizen. Ahmed (pictured) was the first known American Islamist suicide bomber. He had been indoctrinated into radical Islam while in Minneapolis, stated Robert Mueller, head of the FBI.

Director Farhan Hurre, director of the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, said:

“We have nothing to do with these kids who left. I mean, we don't know the time they left, we don't why they left, we don't know who convinced them to go there.”

Patrick Poole wrote in December 2008  that up to 40 Americans had disappeared from Minneapolis/St Paul:

The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle. There are even reports coming from Europe, recently from Denmark, of Somali men returning home to fight with al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

Patrick Poole had previously reported on recruiting drives that had taken place on United States soil, with the aim of taking young Muslim men to fight with jihadists in the Horn of Africa, but the federal authorities had taken little interest until Shirwa Ahmed carried out his suicide attack.



Burhan Hassan (pictured) was a 17-year old Somali American who had disappeared. In June 2009, news came that he had been killed, and buried in Mogadishu. Like Shirwa Ahmed, he had studied at Roosevelt High School, Minneapolis. In July 2009, 20-year old Jamal Bana, again from Minnesota and a relative of Burhan Hassan, became the third American jihadist to be killed while fighting in Somalia.

At first, it seemed that the Americans who were traveling to Somalia to fight jihad were themselves descended from Somali families, and perhaps felt that they were upholding some notions of ancestral or tribal honor. Though joining a terrorist movement cannot be condoned, I believe that – in the minds of these Somali-descended jihadists – they were acting in ways little different from the Europeans who flocked to Spain in the 1930s to fight against Franco’s fascists.

Unfortunately, what seems now to be happening amongst Americans who are going to Somalia has nothing to do with fighting to protect people being attacked – they are going to fight jihad for jihad’s sake, as hate-filled Islamists.

These individuals include converts who appear to have suffered from some form of assimilation problem, people who had no hope of being “normal” citizens, because their egos or their emotional make-up prevented it.

Many “converts” to radical forms of Islam seem to have a desire to “prove” their commitment by being more radical than the Salafists who recruited them. It cannot be stressed enough that some converts are well-adjusted. However, when converts like “Jihad Jane” were apparently willing to collude with murder, such converts should be closely scrutinized by mosques and communities – lest their reasons for joining Islam are not about making a spiritual transition, but merely steps along the way to jihad and murder.

Zachary A. Chesser’s trial is not concluded, but his comments on Revolution Muslim and his open preaching of radicalism suggest that he was a psychologically needy misfit just waiting for his moment to become a jihadist murderer. There are important lessons here to be learned, if people are prepared to look.

As far as the Southern Somalia is concerned, the people who are destroying Somalia are from so call Somalilanders who wants to entertain clan statehood international recognition.
There has been no time for political settlement in the south Somalia, rehabilitation or reconstruction and the population from southern Somalia have scattered around the world or killed and most of them do not know where their loved ones are and whether they are still living or dead. They live in fear under a heavy al-Shabab military presence, led by terrorist Ahmed abdi Godane, also known as terrorist Moktar Ali Zubeyr Godane, the Amir of al-Shabab from Somaliland.
Ahmed Abdi Ow Mohamud Godane "Abu-Zubeyr" born in Hargeisa, the capital of north Somalia 10 July 1977. He is from Arab sub-clan in Isaq clan in northern Somalia . He had received a scholarship in Pakistan funded by terrorist Saudi blind millionaires, and now funded by Dhabshiil Money Transfer Company and Isak clan leaders as their candidat to represent the secessionist agenda/interests and they are very determined to keep Mogadishu busy and burning, in addition, the biggest Al Shabaab ideological centre in Somalia is the North of Somalia town Burao headed by a cleric called Sheikh Ali Warsame who facilitates the movement of funds, weaponry, and recruits from the Issak Clan. Also,the fact Sheikh Ali Warsame is the Grand Spiritual Leader of all AL Shabaab. This idea of religious extremism is actually foreign to the south Somalia, just imposed on them. The idea of AL Shabaab is originally the creation of the secessionists and is transported to the South of Somalia to serve and help their secession agenda---destruction of Somalia!
Alshabab is funded and militarily armed by one-clan Somaliland – a secessionist faction. It was an open secret that secessionist Issak Clan called it self Somaliland engaged in the support of Mogadishu warlords for the purpose of keeping Southern Somalia in chaotic situation and as a result seek the sympathy of the International Community for themselves. The secessionist catch phrase continued to be “…Look at what is happening in the southern part of the country and how great we are doing?!!! We should be rewarded with a recognition and secession from Somalia”. Basically, their strategy is to keep valid the argument that says, “The southern Somalis are barbaric…we the secessionists are civilized, have peace, please give us clan-statehood recognition”. However, they should know better in that no one can easily fool the Unionist Somali People, and more so the International Community with its fast tools, resources, and intelligence.
For example, Dahabshiil mony transfer company CEO Abdirashid Mohamed Said Duale has promised $2,000,000. US Dollars (Two Million Dollars) for anyone kills the great Somali Singer Ms. Sado Ali Warsame just been singing for unity of Somlia Therefore, it’s quite strange enough, when the financial and material aid granted to the secessionists by the Western Nations is channeled to AL Shabaab to keep them in their business. It’s more strange when the perpetrators (here the secessionists) claim to be the nice guys. How many times do we hear they make this statement? “As soon as, we are granted recognition we will solve the mess in the south, because, we know how to do it. We have our cards in order, the means, the knowhow, and the influence…”. When they are confronted with, why you do not solve it now? They would say, “…not now, first, we should be recognized as a sovereign clan-state called Somaliland.”

Unfortunately, in essence, Southern Somalia is being held hostage and ransom by the internationell foreign terrorism , secessionists and thier strong ally Al Shabaab, because the two groups are against the internationally recognized Somalia Transitional Federal Government, peace and stability albeit for different reasons. Both of them are not prepared for negotiations, compromise, and settlement to exercise a give and take attitude in order to create a win-win situation for all, as they repeatedly declined to heed the calls into that direction


 

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(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

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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