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U.S. puts Somali Islamist group on terrorism list
Reuters ^ | Tue 18 Mar 2008, 18:20 GMT | C. Bryson Hull

Posted on 03/18/2008 5:43:44 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho

NAIROBI, March 18 (Reuters) - The United States has formally designated Somalia's al Shabaab militants a foreign terrorist organisation to increase pressure on what Washington says is al Qaeda's main link in the Horn of Africa nation.

The al Shabaab is the militant wing of the Somalia Islamic Courts Council that took over most of southern Somalia for the second half of 2006, until Somalia's interim government and its Ethiopian military allies routed the group in a two-week war.

The group, whose leader Aden Hashi Farah Ayro survived a U.S. airstrike in January 2007, is thought by security experts to be leading an insurgency that has killed 6,500 people since last year.

The designation put the Shabaab alongside groups such as al Qaeda, Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Palestinian Hamas group and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

"I hereby designate that organisation and its aliases as a foreign terrorist organisation," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a notice published on Tuesday in the U.S. government's Federal Register.

(Excerpt) Read more at africa.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: africa; islam; shabaab; somalia; terrorist
Great news considering Wisconsin has been swarmed with Somolians in the past few years.
1 posted on 03/18/2008 5:43:44 PM PDT by Siberian-psycho
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To: Siberian-psycho

We have more Islamists in America today, than we did on Sept. 11, 2001. Welcome to the madhouse.


2 posted on 03/18/2008 5:46:02 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: Siberian-psycho

Yeah. I wonder how many belong to this group.


3 posted on 03/18/2008 5:48:17 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Siberian-psycho

I like to think of them as “freedom fighters”. :D

-liberal mantra


4 posted on 03/18/2008 5:59:13 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

All the cab drivers in Atlanta are Somali, and very confrontational.One time , a driver confronted me at the entrance of a club because my friends saw me coming back to pick them up. They hadn’t even got in the cab, but turned back to my old 69 Cutlass for the ride back. He jumped out and was shouting in my face as I opened the door( for them) about me stealing(!) his fare and raised his arms over me. I grabbed the 2’ foot long Steel Core Utility Cable I had, without loosing eye contact and swung. He dodged it,fell over, shouted a curse and fled on his pipe cleaner legs and tire tread sandals.


5 posted on 03/18/2008 7:01:22 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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Somalia’s militants say they’re happy to be on U.S. list of terrorist groups
Breitbart | 3/19/08 | Mohamed Olad Hassan
Posted on 03/20/2008 12:23:58 AM EDT by kiriath_jearim
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1988598/posts


6 posted on 03/29/2008 1:19:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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