Schlagwort-Archive: Attack

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

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Wenn Drohnen Amerikaner töten

www.nytimes.com 2013-3-10 18:46:58

Anwar al-Awlaki war aus Sicht der US-Regierung ein Staatsfeind. Der Mann mit dem oft so falsch ausgesprochenen Namen stand weit oben auf den Fahndungslisten der Terrorjäger. Er galt als „Terroristen-Macher“. Als scharfsinniger Ideologe, der mit seinen Predigten zum Dschihad gegen den Westen aufrief.

Was ihn so gefährlich machte, war dabei weder der Inhalt seiner Hass-Predigten sondern vielmehr die Tatsache, dass er sie in Englisch verbreitete. Awlaki war Muttersprachler. Mehr noch: er war amerikanischer Staatsbürger. Geboren am 22. April 1971 in Las Cruces, im US-Bundesstaat New Mexico.

Die USA hatte Anwar al-Awlaki längst verlassen, als er zu einem der meistgesuchten Terroristen der Welt mutierte. Vom Jemen aus warb er Muslime im Westen per Internet an, Terroranschläge in ihren Heimatländern zu verüben. Teilweise mit Erfolg.

Am 30.September 2011 ereilte Awlaki das Schicksal so viele Al-Qaida-Terroristen. US-Drohnen feuerten Raketen auf eine Gruppe Männer, die in der jemenitischen Wüste frühstückten. Anwar al-Awlaki fand an jenem Morgen den Tod.

Mark Mazzetti, Charlie Savage und Scott Shane haben für die „New York Times“ einen faszinierenden Artikel verfasst über die Jagd nach dem Terroristen mit amerikanischem Pass. Wie fand die CIA den Al-Qaida-Prediger? Warum entschied der US-Präsident Awlaki zu töten? Was heißt es, wenn Amerika im Anti-Terror-Kampf nun auch eigene Staatsbürger ins Visier nimmt?

Lesen Sie hier „Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. Citizen, in America´s Cross Hair“

New Abu Yahya al-Libi Videos – Dead or What?

by Florian Flade

Abu Yahya al-Libi in new video message released June 22

Three weeks have passed since a US drone strike in North Waziristan allegedly killed Al-Qaida´s Top commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Since then Al-Qaida has neither officially confirmed nor denied the death of al-Libi. Question still remains: Is the White House´s claim true or not?

Instead of celebrating the martyrdom of yet another of its leaders Al-Qaida is releasing videos of al-Libi. Last week the terrorist network´s media wing „As-Sahab“ released a 17-minute video statement titled „The American Military and Ethics of Wars“ in which al-Libi talks about civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

The more interesting details regarding the second new Abu Yahya al-Libi tape within two weeks is: Al-Qaida does not seem to regard him as dead. The organization labels him „Al-Sheikh Al-Mujahid Abu Yahya al-Libi (may Allah protect him)“ – the latter phrase indicating the person is still alive. Otherwise the phrase „may Allah have mercy upon him“ would be used.

Like the other video message released recently – titled „Tragedies of Ash-Sham: Between the Crimes of the Nusayris and the Plots of the West“ – the newest al-Libi tape was allegedly recorded in the Islamic year of 1433. So no indicating the videos were produced after the June 4th drone strike? No.

Al-Qaida could be playing the old game of not confirming or denying a leader´s death and meanwhile releasing all the old footage of the person recorded in recent months. In other cases – for example the death of Atiyyatullah al-Libi – it took months for Al-Qaida to publish a statement.

The Western intelligence community is pretty sure Abu Yahya al-Libi is history…but still lacks the proof.