Al Shabaab, the Somalia-based group that has claimed responsibility for July 11's triple suicide blasts that killed 76 people in Uganda's capital, Kampala, has in recent months built up Pakistan-style terror training camps. One top leader, Sheikh Muktar Robow, has helped to transform the group from a local insurgency into a global jihadist organization modeled on, and swearing allegiance to, al Qaeda.
That picture of the group, and its development under Mr. Robow, (his photo above he always wears that ammo vest), emerged from interviews with Ugandan, Kenyan and U.S. investigators; current and former U.S. intelligence officials; and Somalis, including a member of the militant group.
A U.S. intelligence official said information gleaned from militant communications shows links between al Shabaab and al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan and Yemen. U.S. officials also see evidence of overlap in training and membership and say their working assumption is that al Shabaab has several hundred core members (Omar Hammami), similar to the numbers in al Qaeda in Pakistan and in al Qaeda's Yemeni outpost. Muktar Robow aka Abuu Mansuur his photo above.
Intelligence officials say they believe al Qaeda is using the Somali group as a symbiotic host body, allowing its operatives access to other African countries. "As much as we're looking at al Shabaab, they are riding on the back of a more experienced player," said Col. Herbert Mbonye, the director of counterterrorism for Uganda's military intelligence body.
That relationship has raised red flags at U.S. intelligence agencies. In the past 18 months, militant training camps have emerged in Somalia similar to those that developed in Pakistan's tribal areas, a U.S. intelligence official said. Intelligence officials are now following about two dozen individuals from the U.S. and other Western countries who may have been affiliated with al Shabaab, or gone through these camps.
"It's quite an alarming story," the U.S. intelligence official said. Al Shabaab's relationship with al Qaeda appears to have been cultivated in part by Mr. Robow, a top commander. Also known as Abu Mansur, he is among the U.S. government's most wanted terrorists.
Mr. Robow, his photo above, grew up in southern Mogadishu as a devoted student of the Quran, according to public speeches he has made. He studied law at the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and then returned to Mogadishu to teach Arabic for several years. He is about 40, U.S. officials believe, based on a birth date on an Eritrean passport he used. (July 26, 2006 - Sheikh Mukhtar Robow MansurSheikh Mukhtar Robow Mansur or "Abu-Mansur" was reported accepting another load of arms from Eritrea.)
In 2000, Mr. Robow, second from left above, traveled to Afghanistan to train with the Taliban and al Qaeda, which used the strife-torn South Asian country to plot the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. In Afghanistan, Mr. Robow learned to fight, fire a sniper rifle and conceal roadside bombs, an al Shabaab official in Somalia said. He stayed less than a year, leaving before U.S.-led forces swept into Afghanistan.
Back in Somalia, Mr. Robow became a member of the Union of Islamic Courts, which aimed to establish strict Shariah law in the country, which had been largely lawless for a decade. The group came to power in 2006. Mr. Robow helped to establish an Islamist government and founded al Shabaab, a youth brigade that would serve as the union's armed wing.
The Islamist government soon collapsed. Al Shabaab endured. Mr. Robow, his photo above center with ammo vest,, a skilled orator, became an al Shabaab spokesman and eventually deputy commander. Al Shabaab, which controls vast territory in Somalia, has been engaged in a running battle with Somalia's transitional federal government. The group has pinned the government to a strip of the capital, Mogadishu, and largely prevented officials and parliament from meeting.
Beyond his ambition to overthrow Somalia's government, Mr. Robow has advocated linking the group's ambitions to global jihad. Through media interviews and in videos posted online, he sought to attract fighters in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Iraq, largely because foreign recruits could replenish al Shabaab's ranks and aid its finances. In a 2008 interview, he lamented that there "are not enough non-Somali brothers." more from this source...............
After the U.S. designated Al Shabaab a Foreign Terrorist Organization in February 2008, former Al Shabaab spokesman Sheik Muktar Robow reportedly told the BBC in an interview, "Al-Shabab feels honored to be included on the list. We are good Muslims and the Americans are infidels. We are on the right path." In April 2009, Al Shabaab fired mortar shells at a U.S. congressman as his plane lifted off from a Somalia airport.
The Bay and Bakool command is led by Mukhtar Robow the Mogadishu Command is apparently led by Sheikh Ali Fidow and three other commanders. Some of Al-Shabaab’s top commanders are originally from relatively stable regions of the country, including Abu Zubeyr and Ibrahim Haji Jaama ‘al-Afghani’, who are both from Somaliland, and notorious commander and Swedish national Fuad Mohamed Shangole.
Private investigator Bill Warner says Daphne Ala. terror suspect Omar Hammami aka Abu Mansour al-Amriki linked to jihadist Web site of Al-Shabaab http://www.kataaib.net/ , ABC News confirms Omar Hammami is head of propaganda for Al-Shabaab. Hammami, 25, attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama. Warner said news reports of Hammami’s past as a computer science student confirmed his suspicions that al-Amriki had provided technical assistance to al-Shabaab. “At that time, I suspected he was involved with setting up the Web site,” Bill Warner said. “It appears Omar, with his background, is the perfect guy to set this up for Al-Shabaab.”
Omar Hammami, a 25-year-old American citizen from Daphne Alabama, has become the public face and voice of Al Shabaab as part of the terrorist organization’s effort to recruit English-speakers. Since the fall of 2007, Hammami has issued written statements on behalf of Al Shabaab and has appeared in the terror group’s videos and audio recordings. Identified in Al Shabaab statements and recordings as Abu Mansour al Amriki (Arabic for "Abu Mansour the American”), Hammami has reportedly been charged in a sealed federal indictment in Mobile AL with providing material support to terrorists.
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