NAIROBI, KENYA -- Conventional wisdom long held that Somalia was so inhospitable that even Al Qaeda gave up trying to gain a foothold amid feuding clans, erratic warlords and a wily population hardened by years of anarchy. Now, in the wake of an aggressive U.S. counter-terrorism program that has alienated many Somalis, there are signs that Al Qaeda may have its best chance in years to win over Islamic hard-liners in the Horn of Africa nation.
After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia's most notorious Islamic militia now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to Al Qaeda and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship. "We are negotiating how we can unite into one," said Muktar Robow, a top military commander of Shabaab, which the U.S. State Department designated a terrorist organization this year. "We will take our orders from Sheik Osama bin Laden because we are his students. "Merging with Al Qaeda operatives in the region makes sense, he said, given the recent U.S. crackdown, including a May 1 airstrike that killed Shabaab's previous commander, Ayden Ayro.
See Thursday, July 17, 2008 SOMALIA'S AL-SHABAB THE NEW AFGHANISTAN AND DOTSTER OF VANCOUVER WA IS HELPING THEM. MISSILE FIRED FROM TAMPA FL AT AL-SHABAaB (AL-QAEDA) IN SOMALIA KILLED ADEN AYRO. THE AL-SHABAAB WEBSITE IS HOSTED IN VANCOUVER WA, ALERT THE MEDIA IN VANCOUVER WA, THERE IS A WAR ON TERROR AND WE ARE BOMBING THESE DUDES.
"Al Qaeda is the mother of the holy war in Somalia," he said. "Most of our leaders were trained in Al Qaeda camps. We get our tactics and guidelines from them. Many have spent time with Osama bin Laden."U.S. officials said it's unclear whether Shabab's threat is real or just anti-Western rhetoric intended to rattle U.S. intelligence officials. Analysts note that Al Qaeda faces the same challenges that prevented it from establishing a Somalia base before, including power struggles among the country's Islamists, competition from local clan networks and differences between those seeking to focus attacks in Somalia and those favoring Al Qaeda's global agenda.
Shabaab has been boosting its forces in recent months with an influx of fighters from around the world, including Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Indonesia, Chechnya and even the United States. Al Jazeera recently aired footage of a masked Shabab commander who called himself Abu Mansur al-Amriki and spoke with an American accent. His identity could not be confirmed.
The Al-Shabaab terror group has a website, see Click Here, that is hosted by the Dotster web hosting company in Vancouver WA, USA and an article was written about the website by "The Columbian" Newspaper In our view: Internet censor see story Click Here.
SEE VIDEO; AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS IN SOMALIA PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO OSAMA BIN-LADEN, CLICK HERE.
For months I (Bill Warner) have been posting information about Al-Shabaab and their connection to Al-Qaeda;
D). Sunday, August 03, 2008 BOMBINGS IN MOGADISHU SOMALIA KILLS 20, LINKED TO AL-SHABAAB TERROR GROUP
H). Sunday, May 11, 2008 OPEN LETTER TO "DOTSTER CO, THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER COURTNEY SHERWOOD
I). Wednesday, May 07, 2008 THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER; IN OUR VIEW, INTERNET CENSOR (BILL WARNER)
J). Tuesday, May 06, 2008 DOTSTER UNDER FIRE FOR WEB CONTENT OF AL-SHABAAB IN VANCOUVER WAWith help from a team of fighters sent by Bin Laden, future Shabaab leaders cut their teeth killing U.S. forces in 1993, including the downing of a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter, which led to the deaths of 18 U.S. soldiers.U.S. intelligence agencies took note after the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Somalia's Islamic hard-liners were accused of harboring the Al Qaeda operatives who executed the attacks. Ambassador Ranneberger asserted that U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, combined with efforts by Ethiopia and Kenya, have diminished the Al Qaeda threat and thwarted several plots, but many more to come !