March 27, 2009

AMERICAN Leading Figure in al Qaeda in Somalia

He is known by locals only has "Mohammad", he's white, and he's American. That information should be the lead, but it's found about halfway through this AFP article about the influx of "foreign fighters" into al Qaeda's Somali affiliate, the al-Shabaab:

"Everyone here knows that many foreign fighters are among those who fought us in Bay and Bakol regions," said Colonel Adan Abdullahi, a police officer from the Baidoa region, where clashes have killed dozens in recent months.

"A young man who talked to me said he was from Morocco but the group leader is called Mohamed and he is a white American," a local shop owner who said his life would be in danger if his name was published told AFP.

Residents say many white men are among the newly-arrived Islamic fighters in Baidoa, a town 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Mogadishu where the country's transitional parliament normally sits.

"These white men are heavily armed with hand grenades and machine guns. They sometimes come to the mosque and pray with us," resident Ahmed Hasan said.

"They are more disciplined than local fighters, they look very religious, but I don't know why they are here, there is no jihad now that the Ethiopians have left," said 28 year-old Mohamud.

Pure speculation: Perhaps we have found why Adam Gadahn has been missing oh these many months?

H/T: Terror Free Somalia.

Related: U.S. embassy in Ethiopia warns Americans from traveling to several regions bordering Somalia for fear of al Qaeda attacks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:35 PM | Comments |