Schlagwort-Archive: British

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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Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb Demands Release of Abu Qatada

by Florian Flade

Last November Islamist militants of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) kidnapped three Europeans in the Mali desert city of Timbuktu. Among them British-South African national Stephen Malcolm.

Today AQIM released a statement offering the release of the Briton in return for the release of Palestinian cleric Abu Qatada. If the British government agrees to deport Abu Qatada to a country of his choice, Stephen Malcolm will be freed, the statement by AQIM reads.

Britain has been trying to extradite Abu Qatada to Jordan for more than six years now. In the Arab country the cleric has been sentenced in absentia for the involvement in terror attacks. Now the European Court of Human Rights is about to decide wether or not the British government is allowed to extradite Abu Qatada.

In today´s statement AQIM says that Britain will „open the doors of evil“ if the Palestinian cleric will be send to Jordan.

British Jihadi Killed By U.S. Drone In Somalia

by Florian Flade

They are Al-Qaida´s hidden force, joining Al-Shabaab, fighting and training in a country that has suffered from civil war, occupation and drought for decades – foreign Jihadi militants in Somalia.

Hundreds of foreign fighters are actively training and fighting in Somalia, Western intelligence agencies and Somali government officials are estimating. Most of these so-called „Al-Mujahiroun“ are suspected to be from other African countries like Sudan, Kenya, Chad or Eritrea followed by the Arab fighters, some of which are Pakistan/Afghanistan-trained and experienced.

The real concern for Western intelligence services are the Jihadis holding Western passports. The threat these Islamists from Europe and North America are posing has long been underestimated according to various European counter-terrorism officials. Dozens of young men from the Somali communities of Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and the United States have joined Al-Shabaab in recent years, turning the group into an international terrorist organization.

Nevertheless Al-Qaida has successfully established its own branch in Somalia, regularly cooperating with Al-Shabaab. One of these Al-Qaida members in Somalia was killed today by what local sources believe to be a U.S. drone strike on a car.

„At around 2 p.m., a U.S. drone targeted our Mujahidin. One foreigner, a Lebanese with a British passport died“, the chief spokesman for Al-Shabaab, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, told news agency Reuters, „Bilal Al-Barqawi, a great Mujahid brother who was in Somalia for a long time was killed today. He was in a car in Elasha. This foreigner is a martyr.“

The British-Lebanese is Bilal Al-Barqawi known as „Abu Hafsa“, a Islamist who grew up in West-London and came to Somalia in 2006 and served as the deputy to Fazul Abdallah, Al-Qaida´s most senior commander in Somalia killed in June 2011 by Somali troops in a Mogadishu shoot-out.

When a U.S. airstrike targeted Lower Jubba region in Southern Somalia in July 2011 Bilal Al-Barqawi was injured on his head and later received treatment in Kenya according to Al-Shabaab.

British intelligence officials have warned about the emerging threat of Western Jihadi militants trained as terrorists in Somalia – especially those holding Western passports. Numerous of these foreigners have died in Somalia, most of them during gun-battles, others became suicide bombers. If the news of Bilal Al-Barqawi is confirmed, this shows: a Western Jihadi was for some years Al-Qaida´s No.2 man in the country.