September 05, 2014

Unfortunate? Update: Al Shabaab Leader Ahmed Abdi Godane Confirmed Dead!

I don't think that word means what the think it means.

Never forget.

Update 09/05/2014: Emir Godane has been droned, a confirmed kill.

Reuters) - The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants.


"We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said in a statement.

Since taking charge of al Shabaab in 2008, Godane had restyled the group as a global player in the al Qaeda network, carrying out bombings and suicide attacks in Somalia and elsewhere in the region, including the Sept. 21, 2013, attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed 67 people.

Godane publicly claimed responsibility for the Westgate attack, saying it was revenge for Kenyan and Western involvement in Somalia and noting its proximity to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

His death leaves a gap in al Shabaab's leadership and was seen as posing the biggest challenge to the group's unity since it emerged as a fighting force eight years ago.

As you might recall, it was Godane who had American Jihadi Omar Hammami murdered for speaking out against Godane acting in his own interest as a warlord rather than in the interest of Muslims or Islam.

Hammami was just American enough to call out Godane and paid the ultimate price for it.

Hammami was a fave Jihadi of mine, we may have been on different sides but I admired him for daring to speak against injustice in al-Shabaab as he saw it.

We'd tried to talk Omar into turning himself in several times, he refused and accepted his fate destiny as a Mujahideen even as al-Shabaab sought to murder him. The fate of Omar Hammami's Somali wife and children is still unknown.

Today Omar Hammami is avenged. He might have been a Muj but he was OUR MUJ and his children have an American birthright.

May Godane rot in hell.


By Howie at 03:39 PM | Comments |