The recent upsurge of Al-Shabaab (directly linked to al-Qaeda) terrorist activity in Somalia gained World Wide attention when they shut down the Mogadishu Airport and threatend to shoot down any planes, commercial or military, who tried to land.
Now their merging with the Somali Pirates and hi-jacking the Ukraine cargo ship "Faina", loaded with AK-47's, RPG's, ammunition and 33 T-72 Russian Battle Tanks.
Currently there are at least 4 War Ships from the USA and Russia surrounding the hi-jacked "Faina", suffice to say we have an International incident off the Coast of Somalia.
REPORT FROM THE LA TIMES AUGUST 25th 2008...After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia's most notorious Islamic militia (AL-Shabaab) now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to Al Qaeda and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship.
The main source of power of Al-shabaab remains at the village and community centres where they have cultivated close public relations in South-central Somalia. The main asset of al-Shabaab is that they operate among their clans and wear no uniform. At the regional level in the Horn of Africa, the local radio stations and news papers remain the main sources and outlet of Al-Shabaab propaganda.At the international level, the BBC, the VOA and the internet website, seen by clicking here, remain major outlet channels of the Al-Shabaab news and public relations for global information dissemination as these sources report successive military gains of the Al-Shabaab, taking good advantage of the TFG-Ethiopian blanket silence of the fighting.
At some point, several main Al-Shabaab websites were operating - www.Al-mujahid.com and www.heegan.net but were later closed down. Currently www.kataaib.net operates out of the Dotster Web Hosting co in Vancouver WA.
The website http://www.kataaib.net/ appears to have been supported by Shabelle Telecom in Sweden where it was believed to be have been updated on daily bases. Other remote servers are possibly in Malaysia and Singapore. The main contents are sent out of Somalia as email attachments. There is some possibility that Saudi Arabian based IT specialists at the Universities in Mecca and Medina are used to develop and update the website.
This official terrorist website of Al-Shabaab http://www.kataaib.net/ has been operating out of the USA for well over 12 months, it is a source of terrorist recruitment from the USA the UK and elsewhere, it is also a source of funding for the al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
I have made several attempts at getting the terrorist website of Al-shabaab www.kataaib.net shut down since May of 2008, there were 3 article written in the local Vancouver WA newspaper in an attempt to get the Dotster Web Hosting Co to shut down the site, the Dotster Web Hosting Company refuses to do so sighting Freedom of Speech for the Al-Shabaab terrorist group and their USA website.
See the following Newspaper articles that were printed in the Columbian Newspaper;
A). Dotster under fire for Web content - May 6, 2008, Kataaib.net often praises leaders in al-Qaida in Somalia.
B). Should Dotster continue to host a Web site that frequently praises Islamic militants? - May 5, 2008, On one side: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, and law enforcement agencies...
C). In our view: Internet Censor - May 7, 2008, A Florida man's heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator ( www.wbipi.com ), wants Dotster Inc. of...
As you can tell by the last article on May 7th, the Columbian Newspaper sides with the Dotster Web Hosting Co and upholds the right for a known terrorist group to continue to spew terrorist propaganda, recruit and obtain contributions for the jihad on-line.
On February 29, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated al-Shabaab (aka al-Shabab, aka Shabaab, aka the Youth, aka Mujahidin al-Shabaab Movement, aka Mujahideen Youth Movement, aka Mujahidin Youth Movement, aka MYM, aka Harakat Shabab al-Mujahidin, aka Hizbul Shabaab, aka Hisb’ul Shabaab, aka al-Shabaab al-Islamiya, aka Youth Wing, aka al Shabaab al-Islaam, aka al-Shabaab al-Jihaad, aka the Unity of Islamic Youth) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (as amended).
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
SEE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE TAMPA TERROR WEBSITE SMACK DOWN.