Somalia's Al Shabaab to Ally With Al Qaeda, Main Street Media (MSM) Finally Has the Proof it Needed To State The Obvious That Was Known On 5/11/2008, See 2nd Article Below;
NAIROBI, Kenya—The militant group al Shabaab said it would ally with al Qaeda in a drive to establish an Islamic state in Somalia and fight for Muslims across East Africa, offering a fresh test for U.S.-backed African peacekeepers struggling to defend a weak Somali government.
In a statement Monday, the group said it had agreed, among other things, "to connect the horn of Africa jihad to the one led by al Qaeda and its leader Sheikh Osama Bin Laden." The statement, written in Somali and Arabic, is believed to be the first explicit confirmation of what U.S. and Somali government have long suspected: Militants in one of Africa's least stable places are sharing resources and merging agendas.
It isn't clear whether this new resolution will result in funding or training from al Qaeda, or even if it will lead to an official endorsement from the global terror group. At the very least, the statement signals a tightening embrace with foreign fighters who have been supporting al Shabaab's efforts to topple the Somali government.
The cooperation also could spur Somali militants to assist al Qaeda elsewhere. Al Shabaab has sent fighters to Afghanistan to train with al Qaeda, according to the Somali government. Al Shabaab recently pledged to send fighters across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, where al Qaeda is active.
Al Shabaab made its announcement a day after Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed marked his first year in office. The past year has offered little respite from the violence that has rocked Somalia for nearly two decades. In the short term, a combined threat is likely to increase pressure on Mr. Sharif's tenuous government and those trying to stave off its collapse.
The U.S supports Mr. Sharif and is the biggest backer of an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, for which it has provided training and equipment. That support reflects concerns that al Qaeda is attempting to establish a base in Somalia to attack Western targets.
Overall, the Somali government has been frustrated with the lack of foreign support. Thus far, Western donors have provided only a fraction of the $213 million pledged in 2009 to the Somali government and the African Union mission.A Somali government spokesman declined to comment on the statement from Al Shabaab. An African Union official dismissed the statement as a "non-event," given that the AU already assumed the two groups were working together.
Still, the announcement shows how the Somali militant group's identity is evolving, analysts say. Al Shabaab, which already controls much of the country, is increasingly split between Somali nationalists who oppose foreign leadership and want to establish Shariah law in their country, and those who seek a bigger role in the global terror network, these analysts say. Some warn too much foreign influence could backfire, more from this source.............
Sunday, May 11, 2008 OPEN LETTER TO "DOTSTER CO AND THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER.
Open letter to "Dotster Co. and The Columbian Newspaper, Vancouver WA " May 11, 2008 Please see following article in the London Sunday Times (today) concerning the Al-Shabaab terror group that runs the website http://abushabaab.wordpress.com/ also see original un-translated version at www.kataaib.net (bothe have since been shut down)
The Columbian Newspapers accuses me, Bill Warner, of trying to become an Internet Censor due to my insistence that the al-Qaeda linked terrorist website of the Al-shabaab at www.kataaib.net be removed from the internet via the Vancouver Web Hosting co, "Dotster", this was not done.
Today, 5/11/2008, the al-Shabaab via their website www.kataaib.net are calling for their followers to target (kill) all white people in Somalia, see Sunday Times report, click here. In 2005 the al-Shabaab killed a female reporter for the BBC News.
Visitors...Estimated number of visits for http://www.kataaib.net 5,037 visits per day. .SEE VIDEO OF AL-SHABAAB TERRORIST LEADER ADEN AYRO BEFORE US MISSILE ATTACK BLEW HIM INTO LITTLE PIECES, CLICK HERE
The Al-Shabaab, now an autonomous rebel group which has added an explosive element to the combustible mix of Mogadishu’s militias, enforces strict sharia (Islamic law) and uses tactics imported from the global jihadi movement. As in Afghanistan, those who work or trade with the government risk being branded as spies or collaborators and beheaded as a warning to others. Members of Al-Shabaab deliver “night letters” to businessmen and others they wish to intimidate. See the al-Shabaab youtube videos click here
"In our view: Internet censor Wednesday, May 07, 2008 " VIDEO
Article from the Columbian Newspaper......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. Bill Warner, a Sarasota private investigator (http://www.wbipi.com/ ), wants Dotster Inc. of Vancouver to refuse service to www.kataaib.net .
Warner, who has launched similar purge efforts in other cities with other Internet companies, says kataaib.net supports an al-Qaida organization (Al-Shabaab) in Somalia, where war and genocide are tragic facts of daily life. Certainly a Web page that is intended to inspire terrorism should be probed and be a candidate for closure.
But the FBI or other experts should make that decision, with a judge if that’s required by law. It’s not Warner’s call".
From The Sunday Times May 11, 2008, Islamists target white aid workers Alex Strick van Linschoten in Mogadishu; When Ibrahim Saeed Abdullah saw a neighbour’s cinema burnt down by a barrage of grenades, he realised that he had no choice but to heed the death threats he had received from the big men with guns in their hands and hatred in their hearts. Last week he closed the doors of his own cinema for the last time.
It was two years since Abdullah had opened for business in Mogadishu, the largely ruined capital of war-torn Somalia. The location may have been inauspicious but the timing seemed right: the Islamic Courts Union, an Islamist coalition that briefly took over much of the country in 2006, had just been driven out by an American-backed Ethiopian invasion.
In recent months, however, Al-Shabaab, the military wing of the Islamic Courts Union, has spread renewed fear through Mogadishu, a city of up to 3m people that has been convulsed by fighting for 17 years. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al-Shabaab does not approve of the showing of films. Soon Abdullah’s cinema was the last one standing in Mogadishu and he was threatened repeatedly.
“They came with weapons, surrounded my cinema and told me, ‘We will kill you if you don’t close’,” he said. Al-Shabaab, now an autonomous rebel group which has added an explosive element to the combustible mix of Mogadishu’s militias, enforces strict sharia (Islamic law) and uses tactics imported from the global jihadi movement.
As in Afghanistan, those who work or trade with the government risk being branded as spies or collaborators and beheaded as a warning to others. Members of Al-Shabaab deliver “night letters” to businessmen and others they wish to intimidate. One such letter listed “traitors assisting the occupiers who attacked the country” and warned of action if they did not make amends in 48 hours.
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.