Friday, March 19, 2010

Is al-Qaida planning energy war

SANAA, Yemen, March 18 (UPI) -- Yemen's Interior Ministry says it has strengthened security at the country's main oil installations and tanker terminals amid warnings of al-Qaida attacks against energy industry targets.The announcement Wednesday was the latest in a series of alerts about terrorist threats against the global energy industry in the Middle East and Far East over the last few weeks. It is not clear whether these are linked or are part of a new strategy by al-Qaida to attack energy targets but they fit in with renewed calls by al-Qaida Central, the leadership cadre holed up in Pakistan, for an economic jihad against the West.
In a March 7 videotape issued by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab, Adam Gadahn, the movement's U.S.-born spokesman, called on jihadists to "further undermine the West's already struggling economies."
This echoes calls by Osama bin Laden, who long advocated attacks on the energy industry.
The alert in Yemen follows a March 8 warning by Singapore's navy that militants planned to attack tankers in the choke point Strait of Malacca, between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The 600-mile waterway, the shortest route between the oil-rich Gulf and Pacific, is a vital energy artery to Asia.
A month earlier, Said al-Shihri, deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the jihadist group based in Yemen, called on jihadists in Somalia, across the Gulf of Aden, to join his fighters and take control of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. That waterway, north of the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, links the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi says it is unlikely the jihadists could totally control the strait but acknowledged that they could "threaten ships by attacking them with missiles or capturing them in international waters like the pirates of Somalia."They could also use seaborne suicide bombers, as they did in attacking the American destroyer USS Cole in Aden harbor in southern Yemen Oct. 12, 2000, or the Asia-bound French supertanker Limburg in the Gulf of Aden Oct. 6, 2002.AQAP, formed by the 2009 merger of Yemeni and Saudi jihadists, has become a potent force in recent months and clearly has the organizational capabilities to engage in maritime attacks.However, the jihadists in Yemen have not shown any inclination to do so since the November 2002 capture in the United Arab Emirates of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi of Yemeni descent who allegedly masterminded the Cole and Limburg attacks.
The U.S. global security consultancy Stratfor, noted that while the plan outlined by al-Shihri is "not a very plausible strategy, the statement does reflect an al-Qaida interest in targeting strategic waterways."
The al-Shabeb jihadists fighting in Somalia haven't engaged in maritime operations, although they may have links with pirates plaguing the Gulf of Aden.
The reported arrival of a seasoned al-Qaida operative, Fazul Andullah Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa, to head al-Shabeb could indicate that major operations are being planned.The Strait of Malacca is of immense strategic importance to global energy supply and its vulnerability is a major concern of regional governments.The heavily congested waterway is heavily patrolled by the navies of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to guard against pirates who infest the waters. Terrorists haven't struck there but concerns about security were heightened this month when Indonesian authorities disclosed the existence of a militant Islamist group in Aceh, the northernmost province of Sumatra that overlooks the strait.This group, calling itself al-Qaida in Aceh, is believed to be linked to the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiya, the main jihadist group in Southeast Asia. It also has links with Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist outfit in the Philippines tied to al-Qaida.JI has suffered setbacks in recent months after Indonesia's crack counter-terrorism force, the U.S.-trained Detachment 88, killed several of its leaders.But the appearance of jihadists in Aceh, a bastion of conservative Islam in the world's most populous Muslim nation, so soon after Singapore's warning has raised the possibility that Indonesian militants are using the region to train for maritime operations.
Abu Sayyaf has also become more active in recent months. It has bombed several inter-island ferries over the years and has periodically threatened to attack larger vessels.

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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

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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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