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Somali-American suicide bomber calls for Muslims to fight Jihad in Australia

Somali-American suicide bomber calls for Muslims to fight Jihad in Australia Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Somalia, Terrorism, Updates    

Abdisalan Hussein Ali, a 22-year-old Somali who grew up in America and is believed to be one of two suicide bombers who struck African Union forces on Saturday, called for jihad against Australia in a recording obtained by The New York Times. In the recording, Ali repeats the Al-Qaeda mantra that jihad is an obligation from God incumbent on every Muslim and then calls for his "brothers and sisters" to fight jihad in America, Canada, England, "anywhere in Europe", in Asia, Africa, China and Australia.

As noted in the Times article, Ali was seemingly an average, well-adjusted American teenager...

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UN Resumes Aid to Somalia as Terrorists Vanish

UN Resumes Aid to Somalia as Terrorists Vanish Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Africa, Somalia, Updates    

It is not often that "ignore the problem and hope it goes away" is a particularly effective strategy in international affairs. Amazingly, however, the international community seems to have successfully employed this tactic in Somalia to drive the terrorist group al-Shabab from the capital Moghadishu. Al-Shabab had held a large chunk of the city and had been fighting a small African Union force for control of the remainder; but after spending years in a bitter stalemate, they seem to have determined to just pack-up and leave. As reported by Reuters:

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Thousands of Somali refugees, fleeing famine and years of violence, streamed into Mogadishu on Monday searching for food after Islamist rebels withdrew from the capital...

US funding for Somali aid may go to terrorists

US funding for Somali aid may go to terrorists Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Africa, America, Somalia, Terrorism, Updates    

As explained in a previous post, the drought that is currently besetting East Africa has become a full-scale humanitarian disaster in Somalia, mostly because of the rejection of foreign aid by Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab, who have rejected claims that there is a famine whilst waging a violent campaign against international aid organisations. AP has reported that, in order to combat the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the US will be loosening its counter-terrorism laws to allow bribes and other payments to Al-Shabab in return for US-funded aid organisations being permitted to operate in Somalia...

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Ruthless terrorist group behind Somali famine

Ruthless terrorist group behind Somali famine Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Africa, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Somalia, Terrorism, Updates    

The catastrophic drought in East Africa has created an all-but unprecedented humanitarian disaster. Commendably, many world leaders - including Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd - have called for the international community to provide immediate aid relief to the millions who are suffering.

When describing the tragic situation in Somalia, Michel Gabaudan, the president of Refugees International, has made the allegation that the Somali famine is "man-made". Gabaudan provides a pertinent reminder of the recent anarchic history of the war-ravaged nation...

Essay: Somalia's al-Shabaab Author: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Categories: Africa, Islamic Extremism, Somalia    

The biggest threat emanating from Somalia comes from a different source: an ongoing lack of internal order has left the country vulnerable to the rise of hard-line Islamist groups, of which the latest is al-Shabaab (the youth), which rose from obscurity to international prominence in less than two years.