The group reportedly committed various acts of terrorism, including beheading three government soldiers during an ambush on a checkpoint outside the capital, Mogadishu and praising Osama Bin Laden in the process. The militant group recently claimed responsibility for a series of bombings and attacks on Somali government and Ethiopian soldiers. It has its own website and has become increasingly active as of 6/18/2008, not only fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, but carrying out hit-and-run attacks throughout central and southern Somalia.
"Defeat the Ethiopian crusaders, their apostate brethren (the USA) and who ever stands in their ranks. Source: www.kataaib.net (official Al-shabaab Al mujahideen website) Al-Shabaab: we will continue the blessed Jihad and never forgive our enemy June 10, 2008 "•
Al-Shabaab in Somalia is Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab's website http://kataaib.net/shuhadada%2028-01-2008.html
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On February 29, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated al-Shabaab (aka al-Shabab, aka Shabaab, aka the Youth, aka Mujahidin al-Shabaab) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Section 1 of Executive Order 13224. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against the provision of material support or resources to al-Shabaab and blocking of all property and interests in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons. http://kataaib.net/shuhadada%2028-01-2008.html
Secretary Rice took this action in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury. Designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to renounce terrorism. Al-Shabaab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of individuals affiliated with al-Qaida. Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan. "Providing business services, even free ones, to al-Shabaab violatesthe International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) in the US. Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000." http://kataaib.net/shuhadada%2028-01-2008.html
As Somalia appears to be at irreversible anarchy the Alshabab fighters appear to be taking over the majority of islamist’s powers rather than the ARS opposition group. Alshabab became renowned with the help of the Islamic courts union those controlled most of Somali region including the capital up to six months before they have been driven out Ethiopian backed government troops.
They have most of islamist;s strongholds and the governorship of mainstream grounds in the war torn horn of Africa country. They appear as important ruling power in the country as the Somali government controls itself parts of Somalia and its internationally recognized. “I am ready to die for my religion, I will never take extortion to make robbery” 18 years fighter Mohamed Said said standing as vigilant for fight at bush-lowland land in southern Somalia.
Alshabab commander Moqtar Robow Abu Mansur who is at flowering shrub area in Somalia told that they will continue the Jihad against the Ethiopian troops in Somalia. “If God wills we will repeatedly wrestle the control of Somalia once in the near future” Black with long beard clutching AK47 on the right hand Robow said.
Shabab spokesman Abu Mansur says the group has achieved four important things in its new incarnation: “The mujahideen have adopted new operational techniques never used in the region before (though further details of these techniques are not given).”
“The mujahideen succeeded in cutting off enemy supply lines by planting booby traps on the main routes.” “The mujahideen liberated cities and whole regions occupied by the enemy.
“The types of Somali jihadi operations conducted for the last year and half include urban ambushes and raids, suicide attacks, artillery and rocket attacks on enemy positions such as the presidential palace and the airport in Mogadishu.” When, at the end of that year, the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) was driven from power by Ethiopian troops supporting Somalia's weak transitional government, al-Shabab melted away into remote and distant parts of the country.
But it did not disappear. Pattern
It re-emerged as a radicalised group of young fighters, who, for the past 18 months have been conducting an insurgency against the interim government and its Ethiopian allies and attacking African Union peacekeepers. Al-Shabab feels honoured to be included on the list of the terrorism. “We are good Muslims and the Americans are infidels” Al-Shabab's Muktar Robow
Unlike many UIC leaders, who fled into exile in Eritrea, al-Shabab stayed behind to fight. In the past few weeks (June 2008), al-Shabab has attacked a number of strategic towns, including Dinsor in the south-west and Bur Hakaba, near the seat of parliament in Baidoa. A pattern is emerging whereby the militias briefly occupy the town, often killing a number of people, then withdraw with arms, ammunition and military vehicles seized from Somali government and Ethiopian troops.
Last week June 13th 2008,, a Somali soldier was beheaded after the group issued a warning that it would attack checkpoints and behead those operating them.
Al-Qaeda.....Al-Shabab has distanced itself from the Somali opposition based in Eritrea, saying it is too secular. Checkpoint soldiers have been threatened with beheading . What started as a purely Somali armed group has become a more serious threat.
"Al-Shabab is a violent and brutal extremist group with a number of officials affiliated to al-Qaeda," the US State Department said in a statement. But ironically the fact that the US has repeatedly made statements linking al-Shabab with al-Qaeda may have made it more attractive to some of the foreign fighters.
A senior member of the al-Shabab, Sheikh Muktar Robow, told mareeg he welcomed the US decision. "Al-Shabab feels honoured to be included on the list. We are good Muslims and the Americans are infidels. We are on the right path," he said.
Rep. Myrick Unveils “Wake Up America” Agenda(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Sue Myrick (NC-9) released her “Wake Up America” agenda. Rep. Myrick’s goal in releasing her agenda is to alert, and educate, Americans to terrorist threats here at home posed by radical Islamic extremists. This is her agenda, this is not the agenda of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus.This agenda is the start of Rep. Myrick’s work on these issues. As she moves forward on these points, she will update the public on her findings.
Her ten point agenda is below.
1). Will call for a government investigation of all U.S. military chaplains who were approved by Abdurahman Alamoudi.
2). Will call for a government investigation of all U.S. prison chaplains who were approved by Abdurahman Alamoudi.
4). Will call for the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) 501(c)(3) non-profit status which restricts “lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.”
5). Introduce a bill to make the preaching, publication, or distribution of materials that call for the death of American citizens, attacks on the United States Government or Armed Forces, or the financing of the means and/or operations to accomplish these acts, acts of sedition and/or solicitation of treason.
6). Will call on the Government Accountability Office to conduct an audit to verify the total sovereign wealth fund investment in the United States.
7). Will attempt to cancel scholarship student visa program with Saudi Arabia until they reform their textbooks.
8). Will introduce a bill to restrict R-1/R-2 religious visas for imams who come from countries that do not allow reciprocal visits by non-Muslim clergy.
9). Will introduce a bill to cancel contracts to train Saudi police and other security forces in US Counterterrorism tactics until the Saudi’s certify the prosecution of Al Qaeda financiers, like Yasin al-Kadi, and the detention of repatriated Guantanamo terrorists that keep being released into the general population after being “rehabilitated.”
10). Will introduce or sponsor a bill to block the sale of sensitive military munitions, especially Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), to Saudi Arabia.
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