The Somali Shabab al-Mujahidin just released its “Eid gift” to all Muslims: a video dedicated and pledging allegiance to Usama Bin Laden. (The video is also on youtube).
The production is subtitled in English and features the now famous Abu Mansour al-Amriki. One of the targeted audiences is obviously the English-speaking one, which makes sense now that the number of Somali-Americans killed fighting for the Shabab has reached six. But the main message is the commitment to al-Qaida’s global jihad, which is not new in essence, but was never previously expressed with such emphasis. My initial analysis is that the Shabab, despite its conspicuous allegiance to Al-Qaida’s emir, is meeting the latter halfway, while echoing his harsh attack, last March, against the Somali president. The release of the video may also be an effort to counter the negative impact of the killing of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan on 14 September (even though the video was produced before the US strike).
Several British Somalis have also joined Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen, even appearing in some of its videos.
The apparent sixth American (from Minnesota) to be killed fighting with the group, Troy Kastigar, was not Somali, unlike the others who have or are believed to have been killed in the country. He was a white convert.
Who is the guy preaching at the end of the first video segment (and beginning of 2nd), taped with somewhat poor quality?
The late ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam.
Aha, I figured it could be, since the recording seemed so old… thanks!
Sticks and stones……
Roses & Violets
“Dead wrong,” what a pun! Go give Eddie Izzard a run for his money….after you finish your chores.
EDIT: “Your”=”You’re=You +Are”
Oh, he’s motivated by Islam alright and follows that twisted perversion so anyone who thinks that he follows some “twisted perversion” of Islam are wrong.