ON AUGUST 25TH 2008 THE LA TIMES REPORTED THAT THE AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS IN SOMALIA HAVE BEEN AFFILIATED WITH AL-QAEDA FOR SEVERAL MONTHS IF NOT YEARS. SEE LA TIMES ARTICLE CLICK HERE, THE AL-SHABBAB TERRORISTS NOW BOAST OF THEIR LONG TIME ASSOCIATION WITH AL-QAEDA;
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. "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."
SEE VIDEO; AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS IN SOMALIA PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO OSAMA BIN-LADEN, CLICK HERE.
Shabaab has been boosting its forces in recent months with an influx of fighters from around the world (THANKS TO THEIR WEBSITE IN VANCOUVER WA), including Kenya, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Indonesia, Chechnya and even the United States. Al Jazeera recently aired footage of a masked Shabaab commander who called himself Abu Mansur al-Amriki and spoke with an American accent. His identity could not be confirmed.
Robow declined to comment on the number of foreigners or the size of Shabaab's militia. One analyst recently estimated its forces at 1,000 to 3,000 fighters. Robow also spoke for the first time about eventually expanding ShabAab's activities outside Somalia's borders, saying Americans, even journalists and aid workers, were not immune from attack because of what he called "the aggression of the American government."
THE AGGRESSION OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ROOTING OUT AL-QAEDA AND IT'S SUPPORTERS IN SOMALIA HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO... CLICK HERE