November 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a breaking development [see, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110305153.html] a federal indictment unsealed in late October charged, Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, Abdi Mahdi Hussein and Duane Mohamed Diriye of aiding the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.
Mr. Yusuf and Hussein both made a brief court appearances on November 2, Dirive, presumed to be on the run in Somalia or Kenya, was charged in absentia.
Al-Shabab, based in Somalia, was designated as a international terrorist group in 2008 by the State Department. The group has been a key participant in Somalia's ongoing civil war and controls significant portions of the impoverished African country, making the conflict now a religious war. The group is believed to be closely affiliated with al-Qaeda, with ties to Saudi nationals.
The group has ambitions of extending its influence into neighboring countries such as Yemen and eventually hopes to topple the Saudi kingdom. "...Bruno Schiemsky...a security consultant based in Nairobi, says al-Shabab's goal has been for some time to expand its influence from Somalia. "In 2004, I obtained strategy documents from within the Shabab which indicated their transnational agenda..." [source, Massimo Calabresi, Somalia's al-Shabab Wants to Join Terror's Big League, Time magazine, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2003837,00.html#ixzz14Fx2fD25]
Recently al-Shabab, which governs its conquered territory [including most of Mogadishu] according to the brutal doctrine of Shari'a, has been resisted for the first time by fighters representing the Sufi majority.
Al-Shabab is especially troubling to U.S. national security planners because it has successfully recruited young Somali refugees living in the United States, especially in the Minneapolis area. In an ongoing investigation, the FBI has charged over a dozen of these young men with joining al-Shabab's jihad and one of these recruits is believed to have become the first American suicide bomber.
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