Thursday, November 20, 2008

US Cracks Down on Somali Terrorists, 3 leaders of Al-Shabaab Targeted by Treasury Dept., Americans Forbidden from Doing Business with Them & Website

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration imposed financial sanctions Thursday on three alleged leaders of an extremist Islamic militia in Somalia. The three targeted by the Treasury Department are suspected leaders of al-Shabaab, which the U.S. states is linked to al-Qaida.

Al-Shabaab has used intimidation and violence to undermine the Somali government and threaten activists working for peace, the Treasury alleged.

Any banks accounts or other financial assets belonging to the alleged leaders found in the United States must be frozen. Americans also are forbidden from conducting business transactions with them.


One of those targeted, Mukhtar Robow, is spokesman for al-Shabaab and a military commander with the group. His forces are accused of launching attacks last year on Somali government military bases as well as African Union peacekeeper in Mogadishu, the department said. He also is accused of playing a role in a deadly 2006 attack in Baidoa, Somalia.

Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, the alleged founder and leader of al-Shabaab, also was targeted. The department said he claims his group was responsible for assassination of a judge in Beledweyne, Somalia, last year. The department also alleges that he coordinated attacks on Ethiopian troops in Somalia last year.

Issa Osman Issa has served as a commander in al-Shabaab. The government said he led an assault last year against Mogadishu's Basil Hotel, often frequented by Ugandan peacekeepers.

"These terrorist commanders have had direct involvement in the kidnapping and cold-blooded murders of numerous Somali officials and civilians and they should be cut off form the world's financial system," said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

A number of al-Shabaab members are affiliated with al Qaida, and many of al-Shabaab's senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al Qaida in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of State named al-Shabaab as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on February 26, 2008.

Today's action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. Any assets these individuals hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the designees.

Identifying Information
AKAs: Ahmed Abdi Aw Mohammed Muktar Abdulrahim Abuzubair Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr Godani Godane
DOB: 10 July 1977
POB: Hargeysa, Somalia
Nationality: Somali
Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed is the founder and a current leader of al-Shabaab. He claimed his group was responsible for the May 2007 assassination of a judge in Beledweyne, Somalia, and in March 2007 he coordinated attacks on Ethiopian troops in Somalia. Aw-Mohamed has also served as a conduit for financing to al-Shabaab.
AKA: Musse Abdullah Bur Abdullah Atto Abdala Sudani Afadey
DOB: 1973
POB: Malindi, Kenya
Nationality: Kenyan
Issa Osman Issa has a leadership role in al-Shabaab and has served as a commander of al­-Shabaab forces in Somalia.

In late April 2007, Issa led a militia assault against Mogadishu's Basil Hotel, which was often frequented by Ugandan peacekeepers. He also was reportedly involved in recruiting an individual to carry out a successful April 2007 suicide attack against the Ethiopian military presence in Afgooye, Somalia.

Before al-Shabaab's creation, Issa was one of the operatives who fired the surface-to-air missiles used in the failed 2002 attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in Mombasa, Kenya. Issa was also involved in the planning of the near-simultaneous attack in 2002 against the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, Kenya, in which a vehicle-borne explosive device struck the hotel, killing 12 and injuring 40.
AKAs: Mukhtar Ali Rubu Mukhtar Abdullahi Ali Mujahid Mukhtar Robow Ali Shaykh Mukhtar Robo Ali Abu Mansur Abu Mansour
DOB: 1969 ALT. DOB: 10 October 1969
*POB: Xudur, Somalia
ALT. POB: Keren, Eritrea
*Nationality: Eritrean
*National ID No.: 1372584, Kenya
*Passport No.: 0310857, Eritrea, issued 21 August 2006, expires 20 August 2008*

The United States action comes as calls mount to the United Nations to send peacekeepers to Somalia, as piracy off the east African nation's sprawling coast has spiraled out of control. Well-organized bandits have attacked 95 ships this year in the Gulf of Aden and hijacked 39 of them.

Eight vessels have been seized in the last two weeks alone — including a massive Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million worth of crude oil. Treasury said its action on Thursday was not related to the piracy problem.

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Al-Shabaab in Somalia is Al-Qaeda.
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