February 09, 2012

Great News: Zawahiri Claims al Shabaab Now al Qaeda

The leader of al Qaeda has announced in a new video that the al Shabaab militia in Somalia is now officially part of the al Qaeda big tent.

I'm not sure this really changes anything. Al Shabaab had already been "connected" to al Qaeda for years, they are on the list of proscribed foreign terrorist organizations, and we have used drone strikes to take out Shabaab figures in the past.

At the very least this will shut people up who make the case that since al Shabaab isn't al Qaeda then they aren't the enemy. As if al Qaeda was the only jihadi terror group of concern to us.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:23 PM | Comments |