The report, is authored by Ken Menkhaus, a Davidson College professor who is supposedly regarded as one of the foremost US experts on the Horn of Africa, portrays Somalia in a condition of rapid humanitarian, political and military meltdown. Click here to see full report, his group, "Enough Project" has a website at http://www.enoughproject.org/ .
According to this out of touch report, the current crisis in Somalia is the culmination of a series of developments since 2004, when national reconciliation talks produced an agreement on a Transitional Federal Government, or TFG.1 The TFG, led by President Abdullahi Yusuf, was intended to be a government of national unity, tasked with administering a five-year political transition. But the TFG was viewed by many Somalis, especially some clans in and around the capital Mogadishu, as a narrow coalition dominated by the clans of the president and his prime minister, Mohamed Ghedi. It was also derided by its critics as being a puppet of neighboring Ethiopia (which is backed by the US Government).
Yusuf’s deep animosity toward any and all forms of political Islam alarmed the increasingly powerful network of Islamists operating schools, hospitals, businesses, and local Islamic courts in Mogadishu. The so called Islmiasts are the terrorist head hunting group Al-Shabaab which just weeks ago admitted in the LA Times that they have been affiliated and led by members of al-Qaeda, they do not run schools and hospitals, they behead Doctors and Academics and seek to run Somaila under Sharia (Islamic) Law.
Since May 2008, however, jihadist cells in Mogadishu linked to the shabaab have become an additional threat to humanitarian actors. They are engaged in a campaign of threats and alleged assassinations against any and all Somalis working for western aid agencies or collaborating with the U.N. and Western NGOs. Not all shabaab members embrace this policy (the shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar Robow has condemned the assassinations and is known to be working to provide protection for aid operations in his clan’s home region), but jihadist cells in Mogadishu are now increasingly fragmented and answer to no one, and some of these cells are believed to have targeted national aid workers and civil society leaders.
The above statements made by Ken Menkhaus are a complete fabrication and utterly laughable ! The Al-Shabaab are and have been al-Qaeda since prior to 9/11/2001, some of the Al-Shabaab leaders were linked to the 1993 Mogadishu battle made famous by the movie "Black Hawk Down", some of the current leaders of Al-Shabaab were involved in dragging the bodies of US Rangers through the streets of Mogadishu, 18 US soldiers were killed. In 1991 Osama bin Laden moved Al-Qaeda to Sudan (which is in Africa and the next country over from Somalia), where he operated until 1996. During this period, Al Qaeda established connections with other terror organizations with the help of its Sudanese hosts and Iran. While in Sudan, Al Qaeda was involved in several terror attacks and guerrillaactions carried out by other organizations. In May 1996, following U.S. pressure on the Sudanese government, bin Laden moved to Afghanistan where he allied himself with the ruling Taliban. Three of the current leaders of Al-Shabaab were involved with the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of two US Embassies in East Africa, 400 people were slaughtered by terrorist truck bombings, and as for Sheikh Mukhtar Robow see the true story below. Al-Qaeda has had a strong presence in East Africa for 17 years !
Bill Roggio, reports that Shabab spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Robow admitted the group is closely aligned to al Qaeda, and seeks to merge with the terror group. "We are negotiating how we can unite into one," Robow said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "We will take our orders from Sheik Osama bin Laden because we are his students. Al Qaeda is the mother of the holy war in Somalia."
But the senior leaders of Shabab have had long links to al Qaeda, and Shabab and its predecessor have been al Qaeda affiliates in all but name. Hassan Dahir Aweys, Aden Hashi Ayro, and Hassan Turki have trained in al Qaeda camps during the 1990s. Robow admitted this in his interview with The Los Angeles Times. "Most of our leaders were trained in Al Qaeda camps. We get our tactics and guidelines from them," Robow said. "Many have spent time with Osama bin Laden."
Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, spokesman for the armed Islamist group Shabaab, told reporters the accord signed in Djibouti last month is "null and void". "The agreement of Djibouti will never lead to a sustainable peace in this country. What we are fighting for is a new chapter for Somalia," Robow told reporters by phone from a secret hideout in the war-riven country. "This agreement will not affect what is happening on the ground. We will be satisfied with nothing less than Sharia law and the flames will continue burning until it is fully put into practice," he added.
The Al-Shabaab in Somalia is a US Government Specially Designated Terrorist Organization, they have their own official website see click here.
"Providing business services, even free ones, to al-Shabaab violates the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) in the US. Each IEEPA violation of carries a fine of up to $250,000."
Hey, HS Today why not try doing a little research for your articles, do a simple Google search of "Al-Shabaab" they do not build Hospitals or Schools you morons !
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