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Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad
PAJAMAS MEDIA via FRONTPAGE ^ | December 12, 2008 | Patrick Poole

Posted on 12/12/2008 3:57:22 AM PST by Cindy

Pajamas Media | Friday, December 12, 2008 The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad. The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in Columbus, OH, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle. There are even reports coming from Europe, recently from Denmark, of Somali men returning home to fight with al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

ABC News also reports that a Somali from Boston, Tarek Mehenna, a U.S. citizen, was arrested last month on his way to Somalia to wage jihad after being in contact with Daniel Maldonado, a Muslim convert currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to training at a Somali terror training camp after being captured in Kenya with a Somali terrorist cell.

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1 posted on 12/12/2008 3:57:23 AM PST by Cindy
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Posted on November 12, 2008 3:53:13 PM PST by Cindy

2 posted on 12/12/2008 3:59:31 AM PST by Cindy
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3 posted on 12/12/2008 4:01:08 AM PST by Cindy
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A Small Sampler ON THE INTERNET:

JIHAD (OTAGO DAILY TIMES, December 2, 2008): "SOMALI FEMALE HIJACKER: I should have killed the pilot, but I'm three months pregnant" (December 7, 2008) "SHABAAB IN SOMALIA DECLARE ANOTHER GOVERNORATE, HINT AT CALIPHATE" (December 8, 2008)

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JIHAD "FBI helps bring remains of Somali suicide bomber back to US; given Muslim burial" (December 5, 2008)

JIHAD ( "'TWIN CITIES MAN' BLEW HIMSELF UP IN SOMALIA SUICIDE BOMBING" (SNIPPET: "The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area.") (November 25, 2008)
JIHAD (MyFoxTwinCities): "SOMALIS LEAVING MINNESOTA, RETURNING HOME TO WAGE JIHAD?" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "They're known in the Somali community simply as The Missing. More than 20 young Somali men, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have left the Twin Cities in the last few months, without a single word to their families.") (November 25, 2008)

THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "TERRORISTS: Yes, Our Official Website Is Hosted in the U.S., so What?" (November 26, 2008)

4 posted on 12/12/2008 4:02:07 AM PST by Cindy
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It’s a good thing we went there and died to distribute humanitarian assistance in the early 90’s.

5 posted on 12/12/2008 4:03:16 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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Then we should get them all of em the heck out of here. What if they want to jihad around here?

6 posted on 12/12/2008 4:05:53 AM PST by screaminsunshine (.)
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oh well, if they leave America and enter into a terror war, we can kill them, if they stay here, we cannot - see how it works - simple.

7 posted on 12/12/2008 4:07:28 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (Kitty's name is Gennaker - I will call her Genny)
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So it looks like these terrorists are getting recurited and their pre-training in mosques here in the USA

8 posted on 12/12/2008 4:09:43 AM PST by Syncro
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Then we should get them all of em the heck out of here.

I'm thinking free one-way airfare plus "no fees" for baggage. Heck, throw in free shuttle service from home to airport of choice too......

9 posted on 12/12/2008 4:11:05 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (What size shot works best on 4 calling birds?)
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To: screaminsunshine
What if they want to jihad around here?

Oh they will and have.

They need a little greater percentage of them here though.

They go abroad to train for terrorists attacks that are planned for our country.

Mosques in our homeland are a breeding ground for Islamic Muslim terrorism around the world and right here.

10 posted on 12/12/2008 4:12:39 AM PST by Syncro
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11 posted on 12/12/2008 4:17:59 AM PST by Diogenesis
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What if they gave a jihad and nobody went?

12 posted on 12/12/2008 4:24:26 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: screaminsunshine

Unexplained explosions in meatpacking plants?

13 posted on 12/12/2008 4:26:34 AM PST by rabidralph (Yeah, she's all that.)
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To: Cindy
Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad

I left for vacation

14 posted on 12/12/2008 4:32:16 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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May Every One Of Them Meet Their 72 Raisins!

15 posted on 12/12/2008 4:33:51 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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After 9/11 BOTH borders should have been secured and every foreign muzzie and incarcerated foreigner deported!

It is only but for the grace of God that we haven't had another muzzie terrorist attack in America since 9/11 and sooner or later we are going to have to give the muzzies the jihad they so desperately want.

“Invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
Ann Coulter

16 posted on 12/12/2008 4:55:00 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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17 posted on 12/12/2008 5:03:45 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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What pisses me off is that after they suicide-bomb they are given the privilege of burial back in the US.

That's so wrong.

18 posted on 12/12/2008 5:04:07 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in Feb09)
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I propose a federal bailout/bride-loan/handout-thingy! Give each of these Somali jihadi a pre-paid ticket to fly back to their homeland and earn their Darwin Award.

That would be good use of taxpayer dollars.

19 posted on 12/12/2008 5:04:31 AM PST by Made In The USA (Liberalism is a sign of stupidity.)
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for your tagline I would recommend .........

20 posted on 12/12/2008 5:09:08 AM PST by shooter223 (the government should fear the citizens......not the other way around)
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But, Islam is the religion of peace......//sarc

21 posted on 12/12/2008 5:42:11 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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Is there like a fund we can donate to for their one-way tickets?

Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda
THE JAWA REPORT blog | December 12, 2008 | n/a
Posted on 12/12/2008 4:22:50 PM PST by Cindy

22 posted on 12/16/2008 4:03:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv ( finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: All - Reporting from Minneapolis: "YOUNG MEN VANISH INTO SOMALIA, STIRRING FEARS OF TERRORIST RECRUITMENT" by Bob Drogin (January 18, 2009)

23 posted on 01/18/2009 8:10:04 PM PST by Cindy
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January 26, 2009

“Four AMERICANS Arrested in Somaliland”

SNIPPET: “UPDATE: Make that 15. Eleven more Americans arrested in Somaliland.”

24 posted on 01/26/2009 6:33:08 PM PST by Cindy
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Hat Tip: The Jawa Report


January 27, 2009

“About that Somali Muslim linked inauguration threat?”
(My FoxTwin Cities)

January 27, 2009 at 08:49 AM | Permalink


Note: Photo and Video included.

“U.S. Officials: Minnesota Somali Man a Possible Threat on Inauguration Day
Abdullahi arrested at Canada border 48 hrs before inauguration”
Last Edited: Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009, 8:50 AM CST
Created: Monday, 26 Jan 2009, 9:35 PM CST


SNIPPET: “U.S. intelligence was reportedly investigating a potential inauguration threat involving a Somali insurgent group. They believed one man to be connected with the missing Somali men from Minnesota.

48 hours before the inauguration, U.S. customs agents arrested the 32-year-old Bile Abdullahi, a resident alien from Minnesota, at the Canadian border near Detroit.

According to federal charges, Abdullahi was trying to sneak into Canada using his brother’s U.S. passport. Both Bile Abdullahi and his brother are from Minneapolis, and until recently lived in the Cedar Riverside apartment complex.

Abdullahi told officials he was going to Canada for a vacation, but intelligence officials fear it could’ve been some kind of dress rehearsal for leaving the country in a hurry.”

SNIPPET: “The threat reportedly involved Al Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda connected radical Muslim group, operating terror training camps in Somalia.”

14 posted on January 27, 2009 1:49:53 PM PST by Cindy

25 posted on 01/27/2009 2:00:20 PM PST by Cindy
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January 28, 2009
“FBI concerned about Somali jihadists in America”

26 posted on 01/29/2009 12:57:25 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

Domestic terror threat growing, Senate committee warns ^ | March 11, 2009
Posted on March 12, 2009 7:13:05 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON (CNN) — There is an increasing threat of homegrown terror stemming from segments of a deeply isolated and alienated Somali-American community, a U.S. Senate committee hearing concluded Wednesday.

The hearing, conducted by the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, focused on the attempted recruitment of young Somali-American men by al-Shabaab, “a violent and brutal extremist (Somali) group” with significant ties to al Qaeda, according to the U.S. State Department.

“Over the last two years, individuals from the Somali community in the United States, including American citizens, have left for Somalia to support and in some cases fight on behalf of al-Shabaab,” noted the committee’s chairman, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut.

Al-Shabaab — also known as the Mujahedeen Youth Movement — was officially designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in March 2008.

The hearing highlighted the case of Shirwa Ahmed, a 27-year-old Somali-American who had been radicalized by al-Shabaab in his adopted home state of Minnesota before traveling to Somalia and blowing up himself and 29 others in October.

The idea that Ahmed was radicalized in the United States raised red flags throughout the U.S. intelligence community. The incident — the first suicide bombing by a naturalized U.S. citizen — was the “most significant case of homegrown American terrorism recruiting based on violent Islamist ideology,” Lieberman said.

“The dangers brought to light by these revelations is clear: radicalized individuals trained in terrorist tactics and in possession of American passports can clearly pose a threat to the security of our country,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

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27 posted on 03/25/2009 4:50:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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I have heard stories in landlord circles about whole apartment complexes of skinny’s going empty literally overnight.
28 posted on 03/25/2009 4:54:20 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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Do you know the location of the apartments?

Just curious.

29 posted on 03/25/2009 5:11:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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Some in Minneapolis and some in Arkansas as i hear the rumors. Minneapolis seems to be the center of Somali activity. Down south they were brought in to process chicken. My partner says some in Des Moines also.
30 posted on 03/26/2009 2:58:06 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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31 posted on 03/26/2009 3:08:02 AM PDT by Cindy
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Well now, this is a good question...

SNIPPET: “Who is Abu Mansoor al-Amriki?”

Hint: Photos included.

7 posted on April 1, 2009 3:30:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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Special Dispatch - No. 2304
April 1, 2009 No. 2304

“New Somali Jihad Film Shows American Commander in Shabab Al-Mujahideen, “Abu Mansour Al-Amriki””

SNIPPET: “On March 31, 2009, the media division of the Somali jihadist group Shabab Al-Mujahideen released a 31-minute video featuring “Abu Mansour Al-Amriki,” an American commander in the Al-Qaeda-linked group. Abu Mansour has been shown before among the Somali jihadis, but this is the first time that his face has been left uncovered. Approximately half of the video is taken up by Abu Mansour; the majority of the time he speaks in English, but he gives a short talk in passable Arabic as well.

The soundtrack to the video includes jihad anthems and raps in American-accented English, presumably performed by Abu Mansour. At the end of the video, another English-speaking jihadist, who is not identified, calls on foreign youth to join the jihad in Somalia.”

8 posted on April 1, 2009 3:35:40 PM PDT by Cindy

32 posted on 04/01/2009 3:44:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 1, 2009
“An American jihadist in Somalia”

33 posted on 04/01/2009 4:53:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks for the links.

This is most interesting.

34 posted on 04/01/2009 4:54:34 PM PDT by Palladin (President Obama: "Ich bin eine Kokain Kopf.")
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You’re welcome Palladin.

35 posted on 04/01/2009 4:56:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to But Three Lefts Do for the ping to this thread:

“Terror Recruiting Video Targeting Young MN Men” ^ | 4/1/09 | Sonya Goins
Posted on April 1, 2009 7:40:02 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

36 posted on 04/01/2009 7:43:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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“NEFA Foundation: Letter from American Jihadi Fighting in Somalia”
By Evan Kohlmann
(April 6, 2009)

37 posted on 04/07/2009 12:27:30 AM PDT by Cindy
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April 8, 2009
“Somalia: Islamists rape, and impregnate, Canadian captive”

(NATIONAL POST, April 7, 2009)

April 8, 2009

“Somalia: Al-Shabab jihadist with Canadian passport held in plot to bomb rival faction”

38 posted on 04/09/2009 2:54:25 AM PDT by Cindy
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April 08, 2009

“Good News: Canadian Jihadi Killed in Somalia”

SNIPPET: “We had previously reported that a Canadian is on trial in Somalia, but the news just gets better and better: a Canadian citizen is said to have been shot by Ethiopian troops.

His name is Abdullahi Ali Afrah...”

39 posted on 04/09/2009 2:57:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

US members of Somalia extremists urge recruitment
(AFP) via GOOGLE NEWS ^ | April 10, 2009 | n/a
Posted on April 11, 2009 1:12:39 PM PDT by Cindy

22 hours ago WASHINGTON (AFP) — American recruits of Somali extremists addressed a press conference in the conflict-wracked country this week to rally other youths to join their jihad (holy war), a US monitoring group said Friday. On April 5, “two American members of the Mujahideen Youth Movement (MYM) identified as Abu-Muslim and Abu Yaxye” spoke at the news conference and acknowledged that “many” Somali-Americans are “all over Somalia to join the jihad,” said the SITE Intelligence Group.

The pair said they are “Somali youth” from the United States and are stationed near the southern port of Kismayo.

“Some of us are still in training, others are on the frontline of the jihad.

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40 posted on 04/11/2009 1:32:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Obama Team Mulls Aims Of Somali Extremists
Seeing Potential Terror Threat, Officials Debate Their Options”
By Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, April 11, 2009; Page A01

SNIPPET: “Senior Obama administration officials are debating how to address a potential terrorist threat to U.S. interests from a Somali extremist group, with some in the military advocating strikes against its training camps. But many officials maintain that uncertainty about the intentions of the al-Shabab organization dictates a more patient, nonmilitary approach.


41 posted on 04/11/2009 2:45:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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A bit off topic, but interesting.


“The Somali Pirates Are Jihadists”
by Robert Spencer

42 posted on 04/15/2009 2:35:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at a jihadi propaganda:

Special Dispatch - No. 2311
April 13, 2009 No. 2311

“Somali Shabab Al-Mujahideen Movement Spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Vows to Continue Fighting Foreign Forces in Somalia, Says Somali Pirates ‘Created by the Americans’”

SNIPPET: “The following are excerpts from an interview with Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, spokesman for the Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia.”

43 posted on 04/16/2009 6:28:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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A bit off topic but interesting...adding to post no. 42:


“What Piracy? This Is the Same Old Jihad
The Somali pirates are simply acting on centuries-old doctrines of Islamic warfare.”

April 17, 2009 - by Raymond IbrahimPage 1 of 2 Next ->

SNIPPET: “During the recent Somali pirate standoff with U.S. forces, when American sea captain Richard Phillips was being held hostage, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer confidently concluded that “the good news is that these [pirates] are not jihadists. If it’s a jihadist holding a hostage, there is going to be a lot of death. These guys are interested not in martyrdom but in money.”

In fact, the only good news is that Richard Phillips has been rescued. The bad news is that what appears to have been a bunch of lawless, plunder-seeking Somalis “yo-hoing” on the high seas is, in fact, a manifestation of the jihad — as attested to by both Islamic history and doctrine.”

44 posted on 04/17/2009 2:56:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Somalis, FBI in other U.S. cities on alert for terrorist recruiting”

“While Minneapolis is the core of an investigation, leaders elsewhere want to keep youth from being drawn to violence.”

By JAMES WALSH and RICHARD MERYHEW, Star Tribune staff writers
Last update: April 18, 2009 - 10:11 PM


SNIPPET: “”No one has disappeared,” said Ahmed Hosh, who works with Somali youths in Columbus. “But if those who did the recruiting were individuals talking to someone alone, the scary thing is it could happen here.”

The Twin Cities area has been at the center of the federal investigation ever since a 27-year-old from Minneapolis blew himself up in a suicide attack in Somalia last fall. But other cities with large Somali populations are being scrutinized, too: Boston, Seattle, San Diego and Columbus, which has the second-largest population of Somali refugees in the United States behind Minneapolis — an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people.”

45 posted on 04/20/2009 3:31:48 AM PDT by Cindy
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THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "Wordpress,YouTube Execs in Iraq. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" (SNIPPET: "Good News: Executives from Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Wordpress are "in Iraq to help country use new media." Bad News: Wordpress still most popular blogging platform and free hosting service for terrorists and their supporters. In fact, Wordpress is now the platform of choice for al Qaeda's Somali affiliate, the al-Shabaab (no link on purpose.) And the Google owned YouTube continues to be a major distribution node for terrorist produced media.") (April 21, 2009)

46 posted on 04/21/2009 7:00:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; backhoe; piasa; Oorang

Note: To really get the full impact of this blog entry, please click on the link below to read the full text and the hypertext links within the text on The Jawa Report. Thank you.



April 24, 2009

“It’s Official: Obama Administration Now Supporting Terrorists”

SNIPPET: “You know how Leftists are always making the (false) claim that the US sponsored Osama bin Laden during the 1980s — the inference being that somehow we are morally culpible for “making” bin Laden and therefore that 9/11 somehow is our own fault?

Well, unlike that false urban legend about US sponsoring Islamist terrorists, it’s my sad duty to report that today the US is sponsoring Islamist terrorists. Directly.

I’ve mentioned Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys in the past, but today he officially returned to Somalia to join the US and UN sponsored reconciliation government, but let me recap why his return means that the US is now directly funding terrorists.

Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys was once heavily funded by Osama bin Laden, helped shield the US embassy bombers form justice, and is on the U.S. State Department’s list of designated terrorists:

Designated on November 7, 2001...
Hassan Dahir Aweys

Are you getting this? The U.S. State Department has Aweys on their list of designated terrorists. This means that all of Aweys assets are to be frozen.
But it’s not just the U.S. that has designated Aweys a terrorist. So, too, has the UN:

A U.N. Security Council resolution has designated Aweys as a terrorist
Today Aweys is back in Somalia as part of the new government.
The very same government that is backed by the US:

The United States will help pay for the fledgling Somali government’s domestic security force as Washington looks to bolster the fragile country’s peace process, said a top U.S. diplomat on Thursday.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Phillip Carter said the Obama administration wanted to focus on long-term security for Somalia while at the same time fighting piracy off its shores, which included a brazen attack last week on a U.S.-flagged container ship.

The US is now funding a government that includes a man officially designated by that very same government as a terrorist.
I wonder if OFAC can impound State Department funds headed for Somalia?

I, for one, would like to thank Obama for clarifying his position on terrorism. It’s crystal clear, I think, that the starry eyed Bush era doctrine of treating the terrorists and the states that sponsor them as one as the same is over.

Goodbye War on Terror, hello funding those very same terrorists!”

47 posted on 04/24/2009 4:15:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: Here’s another look at the same situation.


April 24, 2009

Jihad leader returns to Somalia


In 2007 I wrote this in the Journal of International Security Affairs: “Aweys, who became the [Islamic Courts Union] group’s leader around the same time it began to gain significant power in Somalia, struck an explicitly anti-American posture and spoke of the Islamic Courts’ effort to take control of Somalia as part of the global jihad, vowing to fight America and its allies ‘everywhere, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan.’”

And now he is back.

“Sheikh Aweys returns to Somalia to ‘reconcile Islamist factions,’” from Garowe Online, April 23 (thanks to James):

MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 23 (Garowe Online) - The leading opposition figure in Somalia returned to the country on Thursday after spending more than two years exiled in Eritrea, Radio Garowe reports.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the former legislative head of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), arrived on a private plane at No.50 airstrip in Lower Shabelle region.

He was accompanied by a seven-member delegation from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), an Islamist-led opposition group that divided into two camps months before ex-ICU executive chief Sheikh Sharif Ahmed became President of Somalia.

“I will meet with anyone concerned about Somalia and my trip [to Somalia] is not influenced by foreign countries,” Sheikh Aweys told Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, although he did not specify whether he plans to meet with President Sheikh Sharif.

Sheikh Ismail Haji Addow, a senior member of ARS-Eritrea, told reporters that Sheikh Aweys would meet with meet with different sections of society in Mogadishu to promote reconciliation among Islamist factions.

“We [ARS-Eritrea] have moved back to Mogadishu, but we will keep an office in Eritrea,” Sheikh Addow said, while underscoring that Sheikh Aweys’ main task would be to reconcile factions within the muqawama, or the resistance movement that became popular during the Ethiopian army’s two-year intervention in south-central Somalia....

Sheikh Aweys fled Mogadishu in Jan. 2007 as Ethiopian troops backing then-Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf’s interim government entered the capital and dislodged the ICU from power.

The ICU fractured into different factions and began a bloody guerrilla war, known locally as the muqawama.

Some ICU factions later joined the Somali government, but the hardliners like Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam – to which Sheikh Aweys and the ARS-Eritrea faction is a member – have rejected to recognize the government....

Posted by Robert at April 24, 2009 2:28 AM

48 posted on 04/24/2009 4:17:09 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to But Three Lefts Do for the ping to this thread.

Note: The following post is a quote:

Some Minnesota Somalis subpoenaed to testify before grand jury ^ | 4/25/09 | AP
Posted on April 25, 2009 7:14:34 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

Some local Somalis have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury as authorities continue to investigate whether some young Somali-American men were radicalized here and recruited to fight with terror groups in their homeland.

Federal authorities won’t confirm the grand jury investigation but the subpoenas — as well as questions by FBI agents and customs officials — have unnerved some in the community. Local Somalis have felt vulnerable since officials began looking into why these young men left, and why one carried out a suicide bombing in Somalia last fall.

Omar Hurre, director of Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, the largest mosque in Minnesota, said about 20 young Somalis have come to him in the last few months, asking for advice about grand jury subpoenas.

“Most of them just come to me and say, ‘Hey, I got this. What should I do?”’ he said. “Some of them are even crying when they come to me and confused and scared because they think when they get a visit from any law enforcement agency ... that maybe they did something wrong.”

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49 posted on 04/25/2009 7:18:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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6 Killed in Somalia in Attack on African Union Peacekeepers
Garowe Online ^ | 26 Apr 26, 2009
Posted on April 26, 2009 3:06:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

At least six people were killed Saturday afternoon in the Somali capital Mogadishu after Islamist hardliners attacked African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM), Radio Garowe reports.

The fighting began after armed groups launched mortars at an AMISOM base home to Burundian soldiers, witnesses said.

Several mortars hit residential areas in Hodan and Howlwadaag districts, killing at least six civilians and wounding nearly 25 people.

“Two people were killed in Howlwadaag [district] including my brother,” witness Ahmed Salad told Mogadishu-based radio stations.

Another witness said he saw three dead civilians at Bakara Market, the country’s largest marketplace, saying that shells hit inside the market causing civilian deaths.

Workers at Daynile Hospital and Medina Hospital in Mogadishu said tens of wounded civilians were admitted for emergency treatment.

An officer who spoke for AMISOM said no peacekeepers were hurt during the attack, but noted that three civilians who came to the AMISOM medical center for medicines were hurt.

No group has claimed responsibility for attacking AMISOM peacekeepers, but the deadly attacks come at a time Islamist opposition leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has returned to Mogadishu and has demanded the withdrawal of AMISOM from Somali soil.

50 posted on 04/26/2009 3:21:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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