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The Al-Shabaab Terror Cell That Attacked Westgate

by Florian Flade

The Somali terror group Al-Shabaab attacks a Kenyan shopping center, killing scores of civilians. Among the attackers are several Jihadists from Western countries, including Britain and the United States.

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The Westgate Shopping Mall in Northern Nairobi is a popular place for middle class and upper class Kenyans as well as tourists and foreigners living in the East African country. On Saturday this place became a war zone. A group of Islamist fighters from the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab stormed the shopping mall, taking several dozen hostages and killing at least 59 people, among them French, British and Dutch citizens.

While the terrorists were selecting only the Non-Muslims, Muslim shoppers were allowed to leave the scene as Westgate turned into a place of Jihad. The Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahidin Movement claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was retaliation for Kenya´s involvement in the Somali conflict in recent years.

The hostage situation is still going on with a unknown number of people still trapped inside Westgate and Kenyan police and military in the area.

Meanwhile Al-Shabaab has released the names and places of origin of the alleged terrorist involved in the Westgate assault. It is no surprise the terror raid was carried out by a international terrorist cell of at least twelve Al-Shabaab fighters, some of which were at least raised in the West.

According to the terrorist group the attackers all between the age of 20 and 27 years old, are from numerous countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Syria and Russia and where all trained in Somalia.

The strategy of the “Mumbai Style Attack” reflects Al-Shabaab´s effort to carry out an attack outside of Somalia where the group faces huge challenges and suffered military defeat on various occasions.

Here is the list (UNCONFIRMED!) of the alleged attackers released by Twitter account allegedly affiliated with Al-Shabaab:

Sayid N. from Kismayu, Somalia.

Zaki Jama C., from Hargeisa, Somalia

Saad D., from Damascus, Syria

Mohamed B., from Aleppo, Syria

Qasim Said M., Garissa, Kenya

Ismail G., from Helsinki, Finland

Ahmed Nasir S., from London, UK

Mustafa N., from Kansas City, US

Abdishakur Sheikh H., from Maine, US

Abdifatah Osman K., from Minneapolis, US

Ahmad Mohamed I., from Saint Paul, US

Abdikarem Ali M., from Illinois, US

Shafie D., from Tucson, US

Abdirazak M., from Ontario (Canada)

Eliko M., from Dagestan, Russia

Mohammed A., from Svalov, Sweden

Moulid A., from Sweden

Swedish Suicide Bomber Trained in Iraq

by Florian Flade


Al-Arabiya TV Channel reports it has received information that the failed Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahhab al-Abdali underwent terror training in Iraq before he carried out his attack in the Swedish capital in early December 2010. Tonight the Arabic speaking TV channel will broadcast the new information in a show called “Industrie of Death”.

Major General Zia Kinani, Head of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism, told Al-Arabiya Iraqi security officials had warned Swedish authorities two months prior to the bombing in Stockholm, that Sweden might be a possible target for the Iraqi al-Qaida network. The USA and Sweden have been warned the “Islamic State of Iraq” (Al-Qaida) is planning to carry out operations in the USA and Europe.

The Swedish national Taimour Abdulwahhab al-Abdali who blew himself up next to a busy shopping street in Stockholm, had entered Iraq via the Turkish border in 2010, Iraqi officials have learned. He received explosives training in an al-Qaida training camp in the Northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Several other foreign Jihadis, including an Egyptian, were trained at the same time and same place as al-Abdali. One of the Egyptians who trained alongside al-Abdali is still at large. Security forces suspect the man was tasked with a similar operation.

Iraqi security officials believe al-Qaida in Iraq (“Islamic State of Iraq”) is trying to carry out a big operation in Europe or the USA to proof that the group is still alive and dangerous. They try to do the same thing the Yemeni al-Qaida (Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) did – take the local fight to external operations, sending Western individuals on terror missions. Al-Qaida in Iraq is therefore trying to recruit Western Jihadis, European and North American citizens.

Shortly after the death of its famous leader and Amir Abu Mussab az-Zarqawi, the Iraqi al-Qaida branch carried out its first international operation on November 9th 2005 in the Jordanian capital Amman. A suicide bomber couple was sent to Jordan from Iraq to kill Westerners and Jordanian intelligence officials in a hotel. 60 people died, most of them guests of a wedding which took place at the targeted hotel.

Since the Jordan attack, no operation was successfully carried out outside Iraq by members of the Iraqi al-Qaida. The Stockholm suicide bomber al-Abdali sent three audio messages to Swedish police and a news agency, in which he stated “the Islamic State has begun to fulfill its promise”. Al-Abdali did not specifically mention Iraq or the “Islamic State of Iraq”. Terror experts and Swedish officials therefore did not immediately confirm a link between the Stockholm bomber and the terror network. However, al-Abdali did mention he traveled to the Middle East several times over the past four years, saying he feels sorry for lying to his wife and children about the motives of his journeys. “I did not go for business, I went for Jihad”, al-Abdali says in the audio message.

The Swedish citizen of Iraqi origin also indicates the existence of more trained terrorists ready to strike Europe. “We are not a lie…we are for real and now exist among you Europeans”, al-Abdali says.

Luton´s Islamic Centre Responds to Swedish Suicide Bombing

Taimour Abdulwahhab al-Abdaly, the Swedish citizen of Iraqi descent who carried out the first suicide bombing in Sweden last weekend, has been described by the media as a student turned terrorist while living in Britain. The Muslim community of Luten, the media stated, had radicalized al-Abdaly and further strengthend his belief in violent Jihad.

It is confirmed al-Abdaly indeed visited the Luton Islamic Centre for worship and even tried to spread his extremist views in that community. However the Islamic Centre´s leadership allegedly spoke out against the Swedish radical and stopped him from preaching Jihad and takfir ideology.

Abdul Qadeer Baksh, the Islamic Centre´s chairman released a video message today in response to the alligations brought forward by the media that his community was responsible for the radicalization of Taimour al-Abdaly.”Taimour was a person that was confused by his understanding of the religion of Al-Islam”, Qadeer Baksh says and explains why his the Islamic Centre did not inform authorities about the radical student from Sweden.