CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE, Note the western type clothes worn by the Al-Shabaab fighters, french cuffs on the shirt, gold wedding band on left hand, gold neck chain, watch on left hand and cuffed slacks on the dude in the center in above photo who is right off the boat from Minnesota or London. See one of my prior posts, AL-SHABAAB & SOMALI PIRATES RECRUITED FIGHTERS FROM THE USA ON KATAAIB.NET WHICH WAS BASED IN VANCOUVER WA, USA !
"As far as we are concerned (President) Sharif (Sheik Ahmed) is not different from his predecessor Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and we will continue the Jihad (holy war) against the invaders (African Union peacekeeper)," Shiek Muqtar Robow Abu Mansur said at a news conference in the southern town of Baidoa, former seat of Somali parliament and now stronghold of the movement.
Abu Mansur said that President Ahmed's government does not implement Islamic law in the war-torn Horn of Africa country and warned African countries considering sending their forces to Somalia as peacekeepers that they will come under attack from the group's fighters.
"We tell Nigeria not to send its troops to our country. If they tell you we will not fight you because the Ethiopians have left, that is a lie and we will fight you with the same ferocity as we did with the Ethiopian troops," Abu Mansuur said. He denied recent media reports that he and the new Somali President met in Mogadishu, saying that is part of a "media war" against his group, the Al-Shabaab which is listed by the U.S. as a terrorist organization.
Abu Mansuur, the most senior member of the Al-Shabaab group to appear in public, said that none of his group's official ever met the Somali president during his visit to the capital Mogadishu this week and vowed that they "will never meet with him nor share anything with him".
President Ahmed revealed, shortly before his departure from Mogadishu, that he had "both direct and indirect meetings with some of the opposition leaders" without naming any particular group. Meanwhile a number of mortar shells have been fired at the sea port in Mogadishu, where a ship carrying alleged supplies for the nearly 3,400 African Union peacekeeping forces was docked to off load the supplies of military hardware. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage as a result of the shells.
The shelling came hours after Abu Mansuur's statement that his forces were aware of the presence of the ship carrying military supplies for the African Union forces who have not responded to the mortar attacks with heavier artillery fire as they previously did.
Al-Shabaab rejects new Somali government, pledge Islamic State ..BAIDOA, Somalia, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Islamist Al-Shabaab movement said they do not recognize the Somali government now led by the newly-elected President Sharif Sheik Ahmed, and promised to form an Islamic State in Somalia.
Speaking at a news conference in the southern town of Baidoa, Sheik Muqtar Robow Abu Mansuur, spokesman for the hardline Islamist group, said the movement would work to unite other insurgent fighters and form an Islamic State. Full story