MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's militant Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab captured a port near the capital on Wednesday without firing a shot. Residents said fighters for al Shabaab, which means "Youth" in Arabic, rode into Merka port, 90 km (56 miles) south-west of Mogadishu, the morning after government-aligned militia left overnight in anticipation of the incursion.
The Al-Shabaab website is http://www.kataaib.net/ and this website is hosted in the USA at the Dotster Web Co in Vancouver WA. Jihad terror sites hosted in the USA, like http://kataaib.net/ the official website of the Somali Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, must be shut down.
Hosted ISP by; Dotster Inc.
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Merka is now the closest town to Mogadishu held by al Shabaab and is the most significant territorial gain by the insurgents since they took Kismayu port further south earlier this year. Al Shabaab is on Washington's list of terrorist organizations and has rejected a tentative, U.N.-brokered peace agreement between the Western-backed Somali government and moderate Islamists to try to end 17 years of conflict.
And yet al-Shabaab operates a terror website that recruits jihadists from Vancouver WA, USA, the Dotster Web co refuses to shut down the al-Shabaab terror website. Somalia will be the next Iraq unless steps are taken now to shut down the al-Shabaab head hunters.
Inhabitants said the fighters came into Merka on pick-up trucks mounted with machineguns, known locally as "technicals." "We saw them coming in. They went directly to the police station," one resident, Mustaf Hasan, told Reuters by telephone from Merka. "Now they are passing along the main street. There were no skirmishses. The militia left overnight." In the early stages of their two-year insurgency, the Islamists tended to take towns briefly before moving out again in a show of strength. But this year, they have been taking and holding territory, and now control most of south Somalia.
They have also been staging regular attacks in Mogadishu. Analysts see al Shabaab as unlikely to mount an assault on Mogadishu immediately, given disunity within the Islamist ranks -- moderates are increasingly unhappy with al Shabaab's tactics -- and the presence of Ethiopian troops backing the government.
It was combined Ethiopian-Somali troops who kicked the Islamists out of Mogadishu at the end of 2006, after a brief six-month rule, ushering in the insurgency. Ethiopia was due to start withdrawing its soldiers from Mogadishu later this month under the peace plan, but al Shabaab's presence so close may force a re-think, analysts say.
Shortly after Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia in late 2006 to dislodge an Islamist regime in Mogadishu, the US Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command quietly sent operatives and AC-130 gunships to an airstrip near the Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa. From there, members of a classified USA unit called Task Force 88 crossed repeatedly into Somalia to hunt senior members of a Qaeda cell believed to be responsible for the 1998 American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
Al-Shabaab in Somalia is Al-Qaeda, see LA Times article, click here !
See my prior post, Wednesday, October 29, 2008, SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL AT LEAST 28 IN SOMALIA, AL-SHABAAB EYED, LINK TO AL-QAEDA HIT 5 LOCATIONS AT ONCE WITH CAR BOMBS, SHABAAB'S WEBSITE VANCOUVER WA.
See my prior post, Saturday, October 18, 2008, Somalia: Fighting Leaves 14 Dead, Al-Shabaab make good on their threat to kill U.N. Aid Workers and also apparently children
See my prior post Monday, September 29, 2008, Somalia Al-Shabaab Terrorist Public Relations as well as Internal and External Media Propaganda is kataaib.net Hosted by Dotster Co.Vancouver WA USA
See my prior post, Sunday, September 14, 2008, AL-QAEDA IN SOMALIA (AL-SHABAAB) SHOWS IMAGE OF PLANE SHOT DOWN AT AIRPORT, AL-QAEDA IN SOMALIA HAS THEIR WEBSITE IN VANCOUVER WA.
See my prior post, Wednesday, May 07, 2008, THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER; IN OUR VIEW, INTERNET CENSOR (BILL WARNER) Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator (www.wbipi.com ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to kataaib.net . Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says kataaib.net supports an al-Qaida organization in Somalia, Al-shabaab is al-Qaeda.
"They've (al-Shabaab) timed this perfectly to unsettle the whole peace process just when it was gaining a bit of momentum," a Nairobi-based Somalia expert said.