But the evening was noteworthy for something else, too. That night, the latest in a line of young Somalis who grew up here, departed unannounced for Somalia itself, joining a civil war in a country few had ever seen and causing concern in the United States.
Hussein Samatar's 17-year old nephew left without a word to his family. "He was an A student," says Samatar. "He has everything to hope for to attend any Ivy League school that he wanted to. Why he would do it is a mystery to us." Some 20 vanished last year - all American citizens - an exodus the FBI has noticed for a troubling reason. "A man from Minneapolis became what we believe to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing," said agency director Robert Mueller.
The October attack by 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed killed 30 near Mogadishu, and there is alarm that the skills acquired abroad could be brought back to America. "He could have done it here."
The Al-Shabbab terror group in Somalia has recruited young Somalia men in the USA on their website http://www.khattab.net/ from April 2007 to January 23rd 2009, they even had a special page for their "shadid's" that appeared to grow almost daily.
Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia had thier website spewing out propaganda on a website hosted by the Dotster Co. in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Al Shabaab is listed as a terrorist organization by US State Dept, Al Shabaab is an Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda that operates/controls southern Somalia and in Mogadishu.
The Columbian Newspaper Vancouver WA; In our view: Internet censor (Bill Warner)Wednesday, May 07, 2008; A Florida man’s heart might be in the right place, but he is misguided in his bid to get a Vancouver Internet service company to drop a Somali-language Web site (Al-shabaab terrorists).
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, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life (THEY ARE AN aL-QAIDA ORGANIZATION SEE LA TIMES ARTICLE).
“There are groups like this one that associate with al-Qaida through Web sites that help promote the ideology, help find new recruits and help the effort to support terrorism,” Warner said in a Tuesday Columbian story by Courtney Sherwood. “It’s not freedom of speech. This site should not be hosted in Vancouver WA, USA".
Recently Al-Shabaab made international headlines for a threat made against Barack Obama's inauguration, see my prior post, Tuesday, January 20, 2009, U.S. Probes Potential Obama Inauguration Threat From Al-Shabaab Terror Group Who Run a Website out of Vancouver WAAl-Shabaab had been using the Vancouver WA website www.kataaib.net to recruit suicide bombers for Somalia from the United States, see arrests made in Somalia of 11 Americans on the same day the Al-Shabaab website was shut down, "Domain pending cancelation per government order, Jan 23rd 2009."
MOGADISHU, Friday Jan. 23rd 2009..... Security forces in the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia on Friday seized nearly 10 small one-time use anti-aircraft missile launchers and arrested two suspects in connection with the illegal weapons in Hargeisa, capital of the state, reports reaching here said.
Abdullahi Ismail Irro, the interior minister of Somaliland which declared its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, said the missile launchers were originally from Eritrea and were transported through the central Somali region of Galgadud before they were stored in a house in Hargeisa.
Eleven youths suspected of being trained with the hardline Islamist group of Al-Shabaab in the south-central Somalia were arrested. The youths reportedly arrived from Mogadishu to Hargeisaand had lived in the United States.
The suicide bombers were Somali youths allegedly recruited on http://www.kataaib.net/ and trained by Al-Shabaab movement to carry out the attacks in Hargeisa.
Dotster Web Co in Vancouver WA, USA had refused to shut down the Al-Shabaab site for free speech reasons. Dotster said they would only shut down the site if the government would order them to do so.
Vancouver WA, Friday Jan 23rd 2009...Well looks like the government has finally gotten around to order Dotster to shut down www.kataaib.net !
A quick WHOIS search of www.kataaib.net reveals that the "Domain is pending cancelation per US government order".