Monday, February 16, 2009

Somalia's terror recruits return to UK, Dozens of Al-Shabaab Terrorists have returned to UK and USA from terror training camps in Somalia.

Last Modified: 16 Feb 2009 By: Jonathan Rugman. UK Security officials and intelligence analysts are worried that, once back in Britain, militants will attack targets here (UK) or use the kudos from having trained and fought in Somalia with the Al-Shabaab to attract new recruits.

In his first interview last month Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, raised the issue of British Muslims visiting Somali terror training camps, while the outgoing head of the CIA, Michael Hayden, has said that Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia in late 2006 had "catalysed" expatriate Somalis around the world.

See my, (Bill Warner), prior post, Wednesday, January 28, 2009, Columbian Newspaper Ignores Fact That US Govt Orders Al-Shabaab Website Shut Down In Vancouver WA, Same Day Americans Arrested in Somalia. After 12 months of complaining about the Al-Shabaab terror recruiting website hosted in Vancouver WA and the Columbian Newspaper ignoring the fact and defending the terror groups right to "free speech", Al-Shabaab website was finally shut down on Jan 29th, 2009, too late though to stop all the "trainees" recruited during 2008 from Minnesota and London and now back in the USA and the UK, way to go ass-clowns at the Columbian Newspaper !

An investigation for Channel 4 News UK, to be broadcast tonight, also reveals that a suicide bomber who grew up in Ealing is thought to have blown himself up in an attack in Somalia that killed more than 20 soldiers. The incident is the first reported case involving a Somali based in Britain and will add to pressure on Scotland Yard and the home office to tackle the problem within the Somali community, which, at about 250,000 people, is the biggest in Europe.

"Pakistan rightly gets the most attention in terms of external threats," a senior counter-terrorism source said. "But we believe we should focus more on the Horn of Africa and Somalia in particular."

Two years ago Ethiopian forces occupied parts of Somalia after ousting the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from the capital, Mogadishu - the latest chapter in a long history of conflict between the two countries. The Ethiopians withdrew last month as part of a peace deal agreed between the government and moderate Islamists, leaving African Union peacekeepers and Somali soldiers - although many believe that they will not be able to keep advancing extremists at bay.

From business student to suicide-bomber; The British Somali who became a suicide bomber had abandoned a business studies course at Oxford Brookes University.The 21-year-old from Ealing, West London, reportedly blew himself up at a checkpoint in the southern Somali town of Baidoa in October 2007 after crossing into Somalia by foot from Kenya.

News reports at the time said that the Somali Prime Minister was staying at a nearby hotel but escaped. Somali jihadist websites claimed that more than 20 Ethiopian soldiers were killed. The bomber was a member of al-Shabaab - The Youth - militia, which is fighting to impose Islamic law. Its brutal tactics include decapitating alleged spies with knives. Six aid workers were reportedly killed by the group last December.

It is not clear whether Britain's security services are aware of the Ealing student's case. His family, who still live in London, want his name withheld to avoid reprisals. The man had recorded a martyrdom video in which he urged Somalia's refugee diaspora to join him in his jihad. "Oh my people, know that I am doing this martyrdom operation for the sake of Allah," he said.

"I advise you to migrate to Somalia and wage war against your enemies. Death in honour is better than life in humiliation." Sheikh Ahmed Aabi, a moderate Somali religious leader in Kentish Town, northwest London, said that he knew of the Ealing case and had heard from other families of sons travelling to Somalia to join warring Islamist groups. "I'm hearing it from parents," he said. "They say they [their children] are joining the jihad. I am hearing there are a lot of people. This is a big problem facing our community."

Bill Warner
private investigator