Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Al-Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia Take Aim at U.S. and UN Aid Workers. Al Shabaab has been responsible for killing aid workers and journalists, the desecration of an Italian colonial-era cemetery in 2004 and scores of attacks during the insurgency in Somalia. Al Shabaab, the terrorist linked to al-Qaeda, has adopted Iraq-style tactics, including assassinations and roadside bombs and has claimed at least one suicide bombing -- unheard of in Somalia's moderate Sufi Islamic customs.
The killing of a British aid worker in Afghanistan has again highlighted the dangers posed to humanitarian staff in many parts of the world. BBC News looks at the threats and what can be done to ease them. Aid work is about helping those less fortunate than yourself, but for hundreds of humanitarian workers in the world's most dangerous countries the threat of violence goes hand in hand with their chosen path.
The shooting of aid worker Gayle Williams, who had dual British and South African nationality, adds to a death toll that has reached almost 30 in Afghanistan alone during the past year, according to the UN.
Her killing by two men on a motorbike as she walked to work in Kabul came days after two local UN aid workers were killed in Somalia. The number of attacks in those two countries make them the most dangerous places in which to help your fellow humans. John Holmes, a United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said: "We've had 25-30 killed in each of those places this year.
For the United Nations, "pulling out is the absolute last resort", said Mr Holmes, but he warned that it may yet come to that in Somalia. In recent months, all of those killed in Somalia have been nationals as most foreign humanitarian workers have left the country
Earlier this month, the UN issued a report into the protection and security of its own staff and humanitarian workers. In the 12 months to July 2008, it said that 63 aid workers were killed, including 18 in Somalia (by Al-Shabaab), 17 in Afghanistan, 14 in Sudan, six in Pakistan, four in Chad and one each in Burundi, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
Al-Shabaab terrorists are directly linked to al-Qaeda, "U.S. counter-terrorism efforts have alienated many Somalis, and a leader of the hard-line Islamic group al-Shabab says it is ready to unite with Bin Laden's organization" see LA Times article, click here.
Al-Shabaab terrorists have an official website, see
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UN agencies began fleeing parts of Somali provinces after the al-Shabaab decision to ban CARE and IMC agencies. The spokesman for Ash-shabaab Shaykh Mokhtaar Roobow ‘Ali (Abo mansoor) stated few days ago, "that CARE, IMC and all American agencies can not operate on the entire provinces under mujaahideen control. Reason being is, that it has been confirmed CARE was directly involved in the killing of Moallim Adam Haashi Ayrow (may Allah have mercy upon him) by USA. On the other hand IMC was found out to be busy on a plan to assassinate Shaykh Abo Mansoor (may Allah preserve him). UN agencies which number more than 20 agencies which is a mix of Christian missionaries and spies, are based in all of the countrys’ provinces under the guise of handing out wheat and porridge".
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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 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