Saturday, June 4, 2011

In Minnesota's Somali community, dismay and doubts about bomber

Terror group says suicide bomber was from Minnesota, but with no firm identification, conflicting theories and confusion swirled.
This week's claims by a terrorist group in Somalia that a suicide bomber was a Somali-American from Minnesota elicited strong emotions in the Twin Cities Somali community on Friday.
Confusion over the man's identity. Dismay and weariness over the continuing story. And some denial.
As was the case nearly three years ago when a Minneapolis man became the first known American suicide bomber, people here were shocked by Al-Shabab's online statement that a recent suicide bombing attack in Mogadishu was carried out by Abdullahi Ahmed, 25, of Minnesota.
FBI officials have not confirmed that a Minnesotan was behind Monday's attack, which killed at least four people, including the bomber.
With no official word about his identity, confusion over who the man was ran rampant Friday.
Several competing theories were spreading throughout the community.
One theory, backed by a well-connected source, said the bomber was in fact a Minnesotan who had an extensive criminal record before turning to religion. The source also said the man was part of a group that traveled to Mexico in October 2009 and was stopped by a Nevada trooper en route. But the source said the man was not Cabdulaahi Ahmed Faarax, suspected by authorities to be a key recruiter for Al-Shabab, as was reported by several media outlets.
According to several sources who say they know Faarax and who listened to an audio clip that was reportedly from an interview with the bomber, the voice is not Faarax's.
The conflicting theories underscore the confusion that has often followed the release of names of people charged or killed in connection with a years-long FBI investigation into the recruitment and travels of more than 20 young Somali-American men to Somalia to fight in the civil war.
U.S. officials have designated Al-Shabab as a terrorist group with ties to Al-Qaida.
Special Agent Steve Warfield, a local FBI spokesman, said there is no way at this time for officials to know the bomber's identity or whether he was a Minnesotan.
"We just don't know, and it's possible we'll never know," Warfield said. "In a perfect world, we'll get a call saying there is conclusive DNA evidence confirming who that person was. I can say that day isn't imminent."
Much like in the case of Shirwa Ahmed, the first suicide bomber whose death nearly three years ago the FBI confirmed, many in the Somali community seemed less concerned about learning the bomber's identity than having the story simply disappear.
For some, the possibility that another bomber was from Minnesota threatens to damage the image of the local Somali community -- the nation's largest.
"This community, they don't want this story to come true," said Dahir Jibreel, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center. "They want this story to go away."StarTribune
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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
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Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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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

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
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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.
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