May 14, 2014

Shabaab Summer Camp!

I mean why spend the summer in Dearbornistan when you could spend it in hot sweltering death and disease riddled Somalia!

The Somalia-based Al Qaeda affiliated jihadi group Al Shabab Al Mujahideen’s media wing, Al Kataib Foundation, in a video released Tuesday called for Muslims living in the West to "take your Istishhadi [suicide] vest" and carry out a lone-wolf attack.

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“The video features a masked jihadi delivering a brief message in English. In it, the man speaks to Muslims living in the West, and asks them to choose from three options,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said.

Aside from carrying out a suicide bombing, the man in the video calls for Muslims living in the West to leave everything behind and make hijra to join Al Shabab's ranks or to stay in the West and be "deceived by the devil," while living among "them” (non-Muslims).
Also see ABCNews.

Reporting via MEMRI

If you're having trouble getting past paywalls and censorship, there is a copy of Mujahideen Moments 5 (the title of the vid) here at archive.org.

Mujahideen Moments? Gay!

By Howie at 12:40 PM | Comments |

April 02, 2014

Sooo sad: Islamist Sanctioned by US for Supporting al Qaeda Murdered in Kenya

I got to tell you, I'm having a hard time fighting back the tears:

A radical Islamic leader who had been sanctioned by the United States and the United Nations for supporting an al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group was assassinated late Tuesday, his lawyer and officials said...

Attorney Mbugua Mureithi said Abubakar Shariff Ahmed was shot dead along with another unidentified man near the Shimo la Tewa prison in the coastal town of Mombasa. The killings threaten to spark retaliatory violence.

More here.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:08 PM | Comments |

March 10, 2014

Spokesman for Somali Terror Group Now Reachable Only by Seance

It looks like the spokesman for al Shabaab is dead. Let's hope he stays that way.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:33 AM | Comments |

February 17, 2014

Shabaab on the Run in Somalia

Somali and African Union troops are on the move. Good luck and God bless!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:49 AM | Comments |

February 13, 2014

Remember Somalia?

Yeah, the Islamists there are still killing people.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:44 PM | Comments |

January 09, 2014

Ex-Soldier to Plead Guilty to Aiding Terror Group

At least he's saving us the trouble of a trial:

A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military intends to plead guilty in connection with the case, court documents show.

Craig Baxam of Laurel, Md., was arrested in Kenya in late 2011, and prosecutors said he was on his way to neighboring Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab. Baxam was ultimately charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the group. Baxam’s trial in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., was set to begin Monday, but this week prosecutors filed a court document signaling his intention to plead guilty in the case.

The cornhole: watch out for it!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:22 PM | Comments |

December 20, 2013

More Somali 'Freedom Fighters' Arrested Trying to Blow up Soccer Game

On the one hand, it's soccer. On the other hand, there might be some innocent people in the stadium. Like, a devoted wife. Or a gay guy who's there to support his 'partner'. Or the mom of one of the players who, despite going to bed at night wondering where she went wrong, is determined to put a brave face on the whole thing:

Ethiopian police have arrested five more people suspected of plotting suicide bombings during Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria in October, security officials said on Thursday.

The planned attack failed when two Somali suicide bombers accidentally blew themselves up a few kilometers (miles) from Addis Ababa Stadium where soccer fans were gathering.

The men who plotted the attack were all Somali nationals belonging to the militant Islamist group al Shabaab

As much as we hate soccer, there has to be a better way than killing people to stop this evil sport!

*I kid, I kid. I like soccer. Without it, my daughters would be forced to play softball or golf. And you know what that means.

**Also kidding! Not all softball players and LPGA tournament members are gay. But it's all about playing the odds with your kids, you know?

***Come on, I'm still kidding. Lighten up!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |

October 23, 2013

Good News: Over 50 Brits Fighting in Somalia

The BBC claims they've compiled a list of nearly fifty British citizens fighting for the al Qaeda linked al-Shabaab in Somalia. The report actually includes the names of those who attempted to go to Somalia as well, but it also goes on to say that the number is probably far higher. That is, these are the 47 people that we know about.

And it's not just ethnic Somali youths, it's Muslims of all ethnic background. For instance, in this article they choose to highlight a London born man of Bangledeshi heritage:

Four of the men on the list are known to be dead, including men who featured on a video released by the group a week ago.

The video included a message from a young man named as "Talha", who asked Muslims in Tower Hamlets - a borough in east London - to join the jihad in Somalia.

Talha, whose real name was Taufail Ahmed, died in Somalia in November 2012.

The Foreign Office said it had confirmed the death to his family, who are of Bangladeshi origin.

Good news indeed, eh? He's dead.

But not so fast, no good deed goes unpunished in the bizarro world we live in. Local Somalis claim that Ahmed was killed in a firefight between Shabaab and "British and American forces."

So what? Just another dead terrorist. Good riddance.

Well, his family has hired a lawyer to "investigate" the charge. I guess so they can sue the British for killing their terrorist son.

In Britain, terrorists sue you!

Thanks to Rahm at Terror Free Somalia

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:06 PM | Comments |

October 18, 2013

Norwegian Citizen ID'd as Kenya Mall Attack Terrorist

He's not a Scandi, but a refugee from Somalia who nevertheless grew up there. I'd say he should have known better, but this is the same country that gave Barack Obama the Nobel Prize:

The man being investigated by Norwegian police over the attack on Kenya's Westgate shopping centre is Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, BBC Newsnight has learned.

The 23-year-old Norwegian citizen of Somali origin is suspected of helping to plan and carry out the attack.

BBC Newsnight has spoken to a relative of his in Norway who said he left the town of Larvik for Somalia in 2009.

I'm not sure there's some kind of new takeaway here. We've known for years that the children of Somali refugees were being recruited in the West to come back and fight for al Shabaab. We've also known for years that we have a problem with radicals among us who decide that instead of going overseas to fight the kufar, that they'll just stay here and blow up people instead.

Of course, by "we", I mean you and me. Progressives and liberals have been in denial mode since 9/11, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Thanks to Terror Free Somalia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:22 AM | Comments |

October 17, 2013

Video From Westgate Mall Shows Terrorists Murdering in Cold Blood

Videos like these make me hope there is a hell. The video is graphic, but CNN edited out all of the worst parts. But still, it's pretty bad.

Thanks to Birbal Dhar

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:09 PM | Comments |

October 04, 2013

20 Years Ago Osama bin Laden Attacked US for First Time

20 years ago the battle of Mogadishu raged on and 18 US soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice. It wasn't until years later that we learned that Osama bin Laden had sent advisers to Somalia to help in anti-US operations. It was his first attack against the US and what he learned from it was that when the US is hit that we turn and run.

It's true that we should never have been there in the first place. Armies are not made for humanitarian relief or nation building. But when you're attacked the only choice is to win.

Let us never forget that.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:37 AM | Comments |

September 26, 2013

Tragically, British "White Widow" Not Killed in Kenya Mall Attack: Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant

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News of Samantha Lewthwaite's demise have been exaggerated:

Interpol has issued an arrest notice for Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive Northern Irish woman whom news media have dubbed the “White Widow”.

The international police agency says the notice was issued at the request of Kenya, where she is wanted on charges of possessing explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011.

Ms Lewthwaite was married to one of the suicide bombers who attacked London’s transport network in 2005.

She is wanted by Kenyan authorities over alleged involvement in a plot to bomb holiday resorts there.

Given that she's the one behind al Shabaab's twitter account that continues to spew ... of course she's alive!

Let's hope that she resists arrest.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:24 AM | Comments |

September 25, 2013

Al Shabaab: Women, Children, Infidels are "Legitimate Targets"

Know thy enemy:

At least 18 foreigners were killed, including six Britons, citizens from France, Canada, Trinidad, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China, when the militants entered the Westgate Mall on Saturday, slaughtering men, women and children with assault rifles and grenades. The current death toll is 67 and is likely to climb with uncounted bodies remaining in the rubble of the Nairobi mall.

"The Mujahideen carried out a meticulous vetting process at the mall and have taken every possible precaution to separate the Muslims from the Kuffar (disbelievers) before carrying out their attack," al-Shabab said in an email from the HSM Press Office.

When we intentionally kill women and children, we're ashamed of it and we prosecute those responsible. When they kill women and children, they're proud of it and call those responsible heroes.

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Warriors: I do not think that word means what you think it means.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:55 PM | Comments |

September 16, 2013

Omar Hammami's Twitter Confirms Death

via Zombie @abumamerican

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By Howie at 11:00 AM | Comments |

September 12, 2013

Omar Hammami Reportedly Killed by al-Shabaab?!?! ***Bumped***

Its not the first time he's been reported dead. But it seems that Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki's luck may have finally run out.Z

A US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said.

Alabama-born Omar Hammami -- better known as Al-Amriki or "the American" -- was one of the most prominent foreigners fighting in Somalia, and the US State Department had offered a $5 million (3.8 million euro) bounty for his capture.
"There was a gun battle between Amriki and his men and other fighters, the reports are that Amriki is among those killed," said Moalim Ali, a resident in Bardhere, a small settlement in southern Somalia.

Two other extremists were also killed in the battle, including one other foreigner.
There were conflicting reports of the latter's identity, with some reporting he was Egyptian, others suggesting he may have been British or Pakistani.

"Amriki and two other fighters, one of them foreigner, have been killed near Bardhere," said Mohamed Wardhere, another resident.

There was no immediate response from the Shebab.

"Pics or it didn't happen", is a good rule for Somalia. But wire services are abuzz with eyewitness accounts lending greater credibility to these reports.

If or when absolute proof of life or death comes out we'll follow up.

Hat Tip: Intelwire.

Update:

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O I Nbro you from the oppression of innocent people and we seek refuge in You from gloating enemies
Hat Tip:Switched.

UPDATE by Rusty: I'm ambivalent about this. Me and J.M. Berger have been trying to talk Omar into turning himself in for a while now, ever since he broke with al Shabaab. If Omar isn't dead yet then it's inevitable he soon will be.

So, on the one hand a wanted terrorist is (or might be dead). On the other hand, this particular wanted terrorist broke with the very same terror group that his membership in put him on the wanted list, and has been doing his best to undermine the terror groups legitimacy.

It didn't have to end this way Omar. You could have turned yourself in. But, alas, it ended in the very way you hoped it would end when you first went to Somalia: martyrdom.

I'd say win-win, but the fact that it was Shabaab that killed him makes me suspect that the outcome of this is a little more complicated then when terrorists usually die.

By Howie at 09:38 AM | Comments |

September 06, 2013

Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki Tweets

From his authentic known twitter.

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I guess he recovered his password, wink wink, nod nod.


By Howie at 08:54 AM | Comments |

September 04, 2013

Omar Hammami's Wives Kidnapped by al-Shabaab

And also they murdered his friend for sheltering them. Or so he said yesterday in a telephone interview to VOA Somalia.

Here's an English summary of the story.

Omar Hamami said even after he has left from Al Shabab and Al Qaeda he still believes that he is a terrorist man wanted by the U.S government and the western countries.

When Omar Hamami was asked about his decision to relinquish from Al Shabab and Al Qaeda he answered that he has survied from assassination attempts against his life by the Al Shabab’s senior leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.

“Godane made Al Shabab as his own group and used to suppress the Muslim people.” he said.

Hamami has described Al Shabab’s leader Ahmed Godane like former Somali dictator Mohamed Siad Barre who was ousted by armed militias in 1991 which led Somalia to a lawless state.

The foreign fighter in Somalia has complained that his two Somali wives were kidnapped by Ahmed Godane and even he foes not aware of their fates.

“IO am also hiding my self in the Baay and Bakool regions.” he added rejecting to name which of the two regions he is living.

There is no word on the fate of his wives or children. Although its the first indication in some time that Omar AKA Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki is alive.

Hat Tips: Intelwire and Selected Wisdom.

By Howie at 09:48 AM | Comments |

July 14, 2013

Islamists Ban Samosas as Being too Delicious, un-Islamic

Is there nothing these people don't hate?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:22 PM | Comments |

June 07, 2013

Interview With Shafik Hammami

Shafik is the father of Omar Shafik Hammamiaka Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki.

CNN: While others enjoy the approaching summer, barbeques and baseball, one American family scours the internet looking for clues to whether their son is alive.

U.S. authorities also want to find him but not to secure a happy family reunion.
Their son, Omar Hammami, is a wanted Islamist terrorist fighting -- or barely surviving -- in Somalia with a $5 million bounty on his head.

Now after an apparent assassination attempt on their son, the family opens up in an exclusive CNN interview about how their son grew up to be a terrorist, how their lives are changed forever and how their joint faith has seen them survive burdens that could have destroyed other families.

Read the rest.

CNN's interview with Shafik is here. I've uploaded a portion of that interview for embed here.

By Howie at 09:53 AM | Comments |

May 07, 2013

Omar Hammami Deathwatch Conclusion?

He's dead Jim.?

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If confirmed this would seem to fit with the fact that He's not tweeted since the 3rd of May.

Our condolences to his mother. Omar was a terrorist, but so far as terrorists go they are not all unlikeable. And he was just American enough to speak up when he witnessed what he saw as al-Shabaab serving its own interests rather than the interests of what Omar calls Islam.

So I guess you can take the Jihadi out of America but you can't take the American out of the Jihadi.

In the end Omar's story is a tragic tale of boy meets Jihad, abandons his family and friends for Somalia. Where the Jihad turns on him and all that's left behind are the crying widows, orphans, mothers and fathers.

The wages of Jihad is death.

Updated: 05/08/2013: 11:55 CDT: Still not confirmed , but forum sources also claim that Hammami is alive and in good spirits. Neither the dead nor the alive claims are proven say with photographic evidence.

Selected Wisdom: So what is my take? Well, if I had to guess, and the situation could change at any minute, I’d make the following guess on Omar’s fate as of now. (Taking a lesson from Nate Silver, I’ll make my prediction based on probabilities.

75% chance he’s still alive – unless I see more signals and verification, I’m not believing he’s been killed. I think Shabaab will be quick to take credit if they get him.

20% chance he’s dead – whether he died yesterday or not, he’s still in an incredibly vulnerable position. They’ve already tried to kill him a few weeks back, they could get him at any minute.

5% chance Omar is and always has been part of a Zombie vanguard operating in Somalia. This would explain why he continues to escape death – he was never alive in the first place.

While I'd probably not make the same guesses as Clint, I'd go say 80% dead 20% alive, I have to admit Omar seems to have nine lives so I'd not be surprised if he turned up. But still there is no activity on his twitter feeds nor his Youtube. If the forum reports of alive and in good spirits are true I'd expect to see him talk about it on those feeds, that would be consistent with his past behavior. The current lull in his feeds is one of the longest I can remember since he surfaced.

And alos

Update: From our friend Rahm: It Is Official,Omar Hammami Commander of Al-Shabaab Bites the Dust (Hammertime)

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By Howie at 03:43 PM | Comments |

April 30, 2013

Omar Hammami Death Watch Day II

He's still not dead Jim.

Omar Hammami, the Alabama-born jihadi in Somalia who achieved Internet fame through his raps, appears to be safe for now after a series of increasingly desperate tweets yesterday about his standoff with Somali militants.

Hammami, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, began tweeting at @abumamerican around the time of his falling-out with al-Shabaab, the militant group he moved to Somalia to join. His tweets on Monday were a string of dispatches from an increasingly tense standoff with al-Shabaab fighters, with whom he has fallen out. "I think he's in a lot of trouble, although the fact he's managed to stay alive this long is already surprising," said J.M. Berger, a terrorism expert who is one of Hammami's most frequent interlocutors on Twitter, on Monday afternoon.

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On Tuesday, Hammami showed signs of life, tweeting that "Abu mansuur, afghani, hasan thahir uweys, &others passed a fatwa on http://aljahd.com that fighting us is haram &that we arent bughat." Berger translated on his own Twitter the meaning of the fatwa: "Shabab sheikhs Robow and Aways co-signed a fatwa related to Godane's 'attempted assassination' of Omar Hammami and other foreign fighters. I'll wait for a real translation for nuance, but the broad takeaway from the fatwa is: 'Do not obey the prince in disobedience to God.'" Godane, or Moktar Ali Zubeyr, is the leader of al-Shabaab. The fatwa was posted on the Jahad jihadist online forum. The fatwa "theoretically bodes well for Omar and his allies," Berger tweeted.
Stay tuned kids!

By Howie at 09:16 AM | Comments |

April 29, 2013

Omar Hammami Death Watch Update

Imagine my surprise and heartbreak when I returned from vacation to find that Omar Hammami had been shot in the neck and was probably buzzard bait somewhere in the Somali desert. I and I'd missed the whole sheebang!

Then imagine the sigh of relief when Stable Hand emailed with a He's not dead Jim!

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Hiding in a hole? Damn that's a letdown. I thought the brave Muj would stand to the death while facing impossible odds. Silly me.

Anyway, I'm back now so you may proceed with the operation. Fire when ready.

Update: It looks like Shabaab is creating a Kangaroo Sharia case against Omar.

It appears his group is holding out in the forest against those seeking him. It appears he's not very optimistic about the eventual outcome.

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He became so powerful, the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which, eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew. Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It's ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself."

By Howie at 11:50 AM | Comments |

April 26, 2013

American on FBI Most Wanted for Aiding al Shabaab Shot by ..... al Shabaab

Omar Hammami tweeted yesterday that he'd been shot by a "Shabaab assassin" in the neck, but that the wound didn't seem mortal to him and he was self treating it.

Vinnie called him out on it saying we wouldn't believe it unless he gave us photographic evidence.

In reply, he posted a series of images, including this one:

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So, a guy on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted Terrorist list was just shot by the terrorists who he went to Somalia to help. Ironic.

But the plot thickens.

After the assassination attempt Hammami then claimed that Shabaab had teamed up with the Somali government and have surrounded the village where he's holed up. A second source tweeting from Mogidishu also claims that word is that one of Shabaab's factions has Hammami and five others considered disloyal to the terror group surrounded. For his part, Hammami says that the locals back him and his rag tag group of non-Somalis.

His last tweet was that:

they are sending forces from multiple directions. we are few but we might get back up. abu zubayr has gone mad. he's starting a civil war.
So, it's on in Somalia. Red on red.

It seems that our efforts to get Omar to come home and face the music have failed. And as we've been telling him for months, this isn't going to end well.

At least not for him. But for the rest of us? Pass the popcorn.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

April 08, 2013

Shabaab Executes Female "Spy"

Apparently she turned a Shabaab fighter into a newt.....

Well, she got better!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:56 PM | Comments |

April 04, 2013

An Interview w/ FBI Most Wanted Terrorist
We Get Press!

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Spencer Ackerman over at Wired interviews Omar Hammami over Twitter. It's worth the read, and we get a mention:

Jihadis and their American opposites have engaged each other over the Internet for years, notes Will McCants, a former State Department terrorism adviser. But usually those efforts are tentative and rarely substantial — let alone fun. What’s happening with Hammami is something new. “He comes across as quite likeable. He’s willing to listen, hear your argument and respond to it,” McCants says. “He’s not just a robot, he’s got this great sense of humor.”

He’s even winning over who prefer to point and laugh at jihadis, like Rusty Shackleford of the My Pet Jawa blog. Hammami recently tweeted, “rusty, I ain’t comin’ home alive jus like you ain’t gonna stop puttin’ soft porn up on mypetjawa. and to shabab, I’m here till u fix up.” Shackleford blogged, “I’ve actually become kinda fond of the guy — if that’s possible.”

It's true, the guy is kind of likeable. But that's the banality of evil, isn't it?

The worry here, and it's expressed in the article, is that the American people are not mature enough to handle the fact that evil people can also be nice.

Hitler didn't go around stealing candy from little kids. In fact, he never killed any one personally. He didn't go around torturing animals. He loved animals. He was a vegetarian.

Monstrosity is not expressed in small acts of meanness, but in occasional and usually rare acts of great evil.

Most people get that. I hope. It's mostly just Hollywood that doesn't get it (among the many other things they don't get).

And here's where it gets weird: up to now, I was under the assumption that Omar had only killed people in the usual course of an insurgency fighting an organized military.

But it turns out Omar is a murderer:

[Omar direct messages on twitter] that he killed an enemy Somali once, a prisoner Shebab captured working for the Ethiopians who wouldn’t talk under interrogation. “Just told myself he’s worse than a goat,” he says.
When you kill a prisoner for no other reason than he won't talk, that makes you a murderer.

Sorry Omar, when the drones finally come I might miss you a little but my feelings won't be hurt. It'll be justice.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:34 PM | Comments |

March 28, 2013

Shabaab Supporter Gets 9 Years on Cornhole Watch

Buh-bye:

An Eritrean man who admitted to receiving military training and aiding the al-Shabaab terrorist organization in Somalia was sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan to nine years and three months in prison.

Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, 38, who pleaded guilty in June to two counts of conspiracy, faced as long as 10 years in prison under nonbinding U.S. sentencing guidelines.

Ahmed, an Eritrean native who moved to Sweden as a child before going to Somalia, was arrested in Nigeria in 2009 and brought to the U.S. the following year, prosecutors said.

He admitted to contributing about 3,000 euros ($3,835) to al-Shabaab and was trained to make and detonate bombs while he was in Somalia, prosecutors said.

Cornhole alert thanks to Terror Free Somalia Foundation.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:39 PM | Comments |

March 25, 2013

Shabaab, AQAP Operative Pleads Guilty

What's interesting here is that he pleaded guilty back in December, but they're just now announcing it:

Guilty Plea Unsealed in New York Involving Ahmed Warsame, a Senior Terrorist Leader and Liaison Between al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, for Providing Material Support to Both Terrorist Organizations

Warsame was al Shabaab’s Emissary to AQAP and Arranged for al Shabaab to Purchase Weapons Directly from AQAP

NEW YORK, NY—Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced today the unsealing of the guilty plea of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame to a nine-count indictment charging him with providing material support to al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)—two designated foreign terrorist organizations—as well as conspiring to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives, possessing firearms and explosives in furtherance of crimes of violence, and other violations. Warsame pleaded guilty on December 21, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan federal court as part of a cooperation agreement with the United States.

Warsame, a Somali national in his mid-20s, was captured in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen by the U.S. military on April 19, 2011, and was questioned for intelligence purposes for more than two months. Thereafter, Warsame was read his Miranda rights, and, after waiving those rights, he spoke to law enforcement agents for several days. Warsame arrived in the Southern District of New York on July 5, 2011.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara said, “The capture of Ahmed Warsame and his lengthy interrogation for intelligence purposes, followed by his thorough questioning by law enforcement agents, was an intelligence watershed. The handling of Warsame represents a seamless orchestration by our military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies that significantly furthered our ability to find, fight and apprehend those who wish to do us harm. Warsame’s capture, cooperation, and prosecution is a major victory for the United States, for its citizens and for justice.”

Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Carlin said, “Ahmed Warsame served as a critical link between two foreign terrorist organizations and was an operational terrorist leader, commanding hundreds of fighters. His capture, successful interrogation, and guilty plea demonstrate how U.S. military, intelligence, and law enforcement assets coordinate to neutralize threats and protect the country. I thank all those responsible for this important operation.”

According to the indictment, Warsame’s sworn guilty plea allocution before Judge McMahon, and other public information:

From 2007 until April 2011, Warsame conspired with others, including American citizens, to provide material support to al Shabaab. He fought as a soldier on behalf of al Shabaab in Somalia in 2009 and provided other forms of support to the terrorist organization, including explosives, weapons, and training. In addition, Warsame possessed and used destructive devices, machine guns, and an AK-47 semi-automatic assault weapon in Somalia in support of al Shabaab.

Warsame also brokered a weapons deal, arranging for al Shabaab to purchase weapons directly from AQAP. From 2009 until April 2011, he conspired with others, including American citizens, to provide material support to AQAP in the form of money, training, communications equipment, and personnel. While Warsame was in Yemen in 2010 and 2011, he received weapons, explosives and other military-type training from the terrorist organization. In addition, he possessed and used grenades and an AK-47 semi-automatic assault weapon in Yemen in support of AQAP.

From 2010 until April 2011, Warsame conspired to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives and instruct other terrorists and would-be terrorists how to do so. Specifically, Warsame received training in explosives directly from members of AQAP, intending to share that training with al Shabaab when he returned to Somalia.

Warsame was captured at sea by the U.S. in April 2011 on his way back to Somalia from Yemen.

Al Shabaab was designated by the U.S. Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization in February 2008. AQAP was so designated in January 2010.

Warsame pleaded guilty to all nine counts of the indictment with which he was charged, and he faces the possibility of life in prison. The charges and maximum penalties are reflected in the below chart.

Mr. Bharara praised the extraordinary investigative work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which principally consists of agents from the FBI and detectives from the New York Police Department. He also thanked the Department of Defense and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

This case is being handled by the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin Naftalis, Adam S. Hickey, Sean S. Buckley, and Anna Skotko are in charge of the prosecution.

Thanks to @khanserai

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:12 PM | Comments |

March 23, 2013

1k Words on Shabaab's Islamist Justice in Somalia

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"As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power." - Quran 5:38

The only words that come to mind are .....

Thanks to Rahm at The Terror Free Somalia Foundation.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:52 AM | Comments |

March 22, 2013

American Jihadi From Seattle Imprisoned by al-Shabaab

Methinks that will put a damper on recruiting.

Young American aficionados of al Shabaab and al Qaeda (Europeans too): Listen up! You probably thought that if you joined Shabaab/al Qaeda you might eventually get thrown in jail. That’s a good bet. However, you probably also thought when you got thrown in jail it would be a U.S. jail or even worse a foreign jail of a U.S. counterterrorism partner. But, you would be wrong. The two most likely results of joining al Shabaab are:

Shabaab will eventually betray you and kill you.
Shabaab will throw you in Shabaab jail…(Even worse than being in a U.S. or foreign partner prison.)

... Today, revealed that the other American foreign fighter imprisoned by Shabaab may be Said Fidhin – an American from Seattle, Washington...

Also Omar went full retard today when he said he believed in attacking American interests as stated a recent FBI press release. So that leaves the number of folks willing to cut Omar a break at a big fat zero. Karma is bound to catch up with him, and soon methinks.

Its sad for the mothers, fathers, widows and orphans. But if for some reason a drone or Shabaab found Omar in bay/bokol I'd care a lot less than I did yesterday.

Update: Speaking of Bakool.

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A veritable paradise.

By Howie at 12:19 PM | Comments |

March 21, 2013

FBI Offers $5 Million Reward for Two Americans in Somalia

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One of we know quite well around here, it's the Alabama born Omar Hammami. Incidentally, I told Omar this morning that I'd gladly split the reward with his family if he'd just tweet me his location. You can buy a lot of donkeys with that kind of cash.

I'm still waiting.

But the other one? The Waukesha, Wisconsin born Jehad Serwan Mostafa is new to me:

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Jehad Serwan Mostafa, a.k.a. Ahmed Gurey, Anwar al-Amriki, or Emir Anwar; is a United States citizen and former resident of California. He has performed various functions for al-Shabaab, including acting as a training camp instructor and a leader of foreign fighters. He is also skilled in the group’s media activities. Mostafa is an American citizen who lived in San Diego, California before moving to Somalia in 2005. He may have or is likely to visit the following areas: Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia, Kenya, and other African countries.

Mostafa is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List, and is sought by the FBI for his alleged terrorist activities. On October 9, 2009, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Mostafa in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Mostafa was charged with the following crimes: conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

That picture they have of Mostafa is pretty bad. I mean, he could be half the guys who deliver pizza to my house. Can't they come up with a better one than that?

Anyway, if anyone knows the whereabouts of these guys just drop a line to your friendly local FBI office.

And no smart ass "locations", like calling the Feds and saying they're in Somalia.

Somalia? No sh*t? Wow, thanks for the tip smart ass!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:19 PM | Comments |

March 20, 2013

Beheading Sheek Week

Yet another beheading. Al-Shabaab militants beheaded a 75-year-old Imam Sheikh Abdirahman Moalin Warsame.

Al-Shabaab militants beheaded a 75-year-old imam in Hudur on Monday night (March 18th), a day after the militants took control of the town, Somalia's Hiiraan Online reported. The militants dumped the beheaded body of Sheikh Abdirahman Moalin Warsame in a hole near his home.
Hat Tip: Blazing Cat Fur.

By Howie at 12:52 PM | Comments |

March 18, 2013

Desperate al-Shabaab Confiscating Cell Phones

Since Shabaab can't control the Twiiter narrative. it decided to just steal the cell phones.

Omar Hammami’s persistent countering of Shabaab on Twitter has likely eroded the group’s appeal amongst foreign fighters seeking to join the struggling group. Now, Hammami’s band of Twitter dissenters appears to have expanded and the “Muhajir” in Somalia have taken to the Twitterverse to express their resentment to Abu Zubayr (Godane) – Shabaab’s leader. The “Muhajir” (foreign fighters) continue exposing the rift between local Somali Shabaab members and the global foreign fighters that have joined the group only to be treated as second class. Here, @jawshan7, a Shabaab loyalist, and @abuu_haajir, a Muj dissenter, illuminate the divisions in Shabaab – in awful Twitter English.

By Howie at 11:22 AM | Comments |

Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki Conditions of Surrender

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Obviously we've hit an impasse here.

But still isn't that a bit selfish? I mean going down in a blaze of Jihadi Glory when its not required? The widows and orphans are going to start stacking up you. Don't they deserve better?

By Howie at 07:46 AM | Comments |

March 15, 2013

American on FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List Outs Himself on Twitter

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An Alabama born man on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List has confirmed ownership of a Twitter account long thought to be his. Omar Hammami, better known by his jihdi name of Abu Mansour al-Amriki, confirmed today that the @abuamerican Twitter account was his.

Prior to today the account tweeted statements as if it was from a personal friend of Hammami's. However, over the past few months it became clear that Hammami himself was doing the tweeting. In recent weeks Hammami simply deflected questions about the authorship of the tweets, but also declined to deny that it was his.

Today in a conversation with Intelwire's J.M. Berger, Hammami confirmed that the account did, indeed, belong to him:

J.M. Berger @intelwire to @abumamerican:

Can we just dispense with the fiction that you're Omar's "spokesman" once and for all? You've been in first person for a week.

Abu M @abumamerican to @intelwire:

at this late juncture in the saga...dispence at will.

Here's a screenshot.

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The mood of Hammami has been especially dour lately as an apparent rift has broken out between the native Somali fighters of the al Shabaab movement and foreigners. Videos Hammami posted to his YouTube account suggest that the native Somalis have become distrustful of the foreigners that once fought by their side, going so far as to accuse them of various crimes -- including being "spies". At one point Hammami seemed to think that his life was on the line.

In response, Hammami claims that Shabaab has "fallen off the cliff" accusing them of arbitrary court rulings, tribalism, and abandoning the goal of a global Caliphate.

At one time Shabaab leaders had pledged loyalty to al Qaeda.

Although Hammami often tweets on his Salaafi version of Islam and of his dream of a world wide Islamic empire, he seems more comfortable using typical American expressions and can often be seen joking around with counter-terrorism experts -- people who you might expect he'd think were "the enemy".

Just this morning he and our own Howie (@darthodius) had a conversation about St. Patrick's Day in which Hammami noted that his mother's side of the family was Irish. And when describing his rift with al Shabaab, Hammami used a Road Runner v. Wiley Coyote reference.

In any event, I thought the whole thing was very interesting. Here you have a wanted terrorist in Somalia who's been pretty active on Twitter and today confirmed to us all that, yes, it really was him.

To be honest, I've actually become kinda fond of the guy -- if that's possible. As several of us have suggested to him: come home -- you might go to jail, but at least you'll be alive.

And being alive is increasingly not looking realistic if he chooses to stay in Somalia.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:21 PM | Comments |

March 07, 2013

Waxyaabo aanad ka aqoon Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki

And nobody understood a word that he said, but we had fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there....

By Howie at 08:26 AM | Comments |

February 13, 2013

Kenya: Family Of Hostages Held By Al Shabaab Crying For Help

Sadly, unless they are rescued, they most likely will be killed. The savages of the African Taliban enjoy killing innocents:

Nairobi — Twenty-six-year-old Komora Yesse is an emotionally wrecked man.

His brother's heart-wrenching fate is due to be sealed within the next 20 something hours, in the war-torn Somalia.

So as the clock slowly ticks towards midnight Thursday, he will have to keep checking social networks to know whether or not the Al Shabaab terror group makes good its threat to execute his elder brother, Edward Mule and registration clerk Fredrick Irungu.

"It is very sad. It is hard on my mother because of the pain of losing a child. It is hard on my sister, his wife, my father and me. We just want to talk to him again. All I think of is Mule," says Yesse.[More...]

Al Shabaab's Twitter account was suspended shortly after they posted images of a French commando who was killed in a failed attempt to rescue hostage Denis Allex. Also, they linked to a download for the below video of the Kenyan hostages. They also tweeted a ultimatum:

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They have since opened a new Twitter account - @HSMPRESS1. I don't see anything on it regarding these hostages and most likely they are careful not to do so. There is also another Twitter account here, but most likely a supporter and not a spokesperson for al-Shabaab.

Tomorrow will tell the tale, sigh. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the hostages.

By Stable Hand at 06:11 PM | Comments |

January 24, 2013

Somalia: Al Shabaab, On Twitter, Threatens To Kill Kenyan Hostages
Update: Kenya Won't Negotiate With These Bitches

First, Al Shabaab (aka the African Taliban) tweet a link to the download:

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Next, it appears on JihadTube:

Then the threats:

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Twitter yawns over TOS violation as they did when Al Shabaab, aka @HSMPress, threatened to kill French hostage Denis Allex if France attempted to rescue him. He died and Al Shabaab tweeted several images of a French commando who was killed in the failed hostage rescue operation.

I suppose we should start calling Twitter JihadTweet or JihadTwitter or TwitterJihad, much like we call Google's YouTube JihadTube.

Update: Kenya officials respond to the above threat We will not bargain with al-Shabaab

* Says government "cannot negotiate with terrorists"
* Nairobi says hostages are non-combatants, not POWs
"not POW's", exactly.

Update: If you so choose, tweet this article to @hrw and/or contact them here and ask why the silence on these hostages and the death threat. If Jews were involved it would be all over the news.

Update: OWND:

By Stable Hand at 08:55 AM | Comments |