Shabaab will throw you in Shabaab jail…(Even worse than being in a U.S. or foreign partner prison.)
Shabaab thought Omar Hammami was being a showboat narcissist refuting them on Twitter and YouTube. But, it increasingly seems like Omar is not the only foreign fighter to be disavowed and imprisoned by Shabaab. Omar’s talk of a rift between local Shabaab members and the foreign fighter (“Muj”) seems more and more genuine each day. And, Omar is not the only foreign fighter or even American being imprisoned by Shabaab. Today, Omar revealed that the other American foreign fighter imprisoned by Shabaab may be Said Fidhin – an American from Seattle, Washington who was an essential conduit for the recruitment of Americans to Shabaab and from the Isaaq clan. Here’s a note on Fidhin from the Star Tribune:
Those who worked on the receiving end of the pipeline in Somalia, according to witnesses, are: Abshir’s uncle, Said Fidhin, a former resident of the Seattle area known as “Samatar” or “Adair,” and a taxi driver in Somalia known as “Uncle Barre.”
Here’s Omar’s update on Twitter:
So there you go foreign fighters! Head off to Somalia, join the call for Shabaab’s jihad. If the environment, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Somali government, or the West don’t kill you, Shabaab may, and if they don’t kill you they’ll at least throw you in jail. Wow, jihad sounds so appealing. You might go to a meeting in Barowe, find out its a set up and get thrown in Shabaab jail. As I mentioned in a previous post on Omar and the movie The Godfather, if Shabaab calls you to a private meeting, don’t show up!
Also note above that Shabaab now says that, “anyone who writes on twitter is a spy.” Too funny, Shabaab, once heralded for being groundbreaking in their use of new media, now just as scared as Western governments about leaks and trying to do information control. Shabaab claims to be boasting a pure form of Islam right? What is there to hide Shabaab – your tweets make it seem like everything is wonderful?prisoned by al-Shabaab