Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda union attempt to raise morale -- analysts

By Mahmoud Mohamed in Mogadishu

February 13, 2012

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Somali security analysts say the announcement of the merger between the al-Shabaab movement and al-Qaeda follows logistical and financial losses incurred by both groups, and will reduce popular support for al-Shabaab among Somalis.

  • Al-Shabaab fighters, now officially joined with al-Qaeda, perform military drills at a village in Lower Shabelle region in February 2011. [Abdurashid Abdulle/AFP]

    Al-Shabaab fighters, now officially joined with al-Qaeda, perform military drills at a village in Lower Shabelle region in February 2011. [Abdurashid Abdulle/AFP]

A video message posted on extremist forums last week by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced that the al-Shabaab movement has joined al-Qaeda. The announcement came more than eight months after al-Shabaab swore allegiance to the terror group.

"Al-Shabaab will not benefit from joining international terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the only winner in this deal is al-Qaeda," said Noor Ahmed, a retired Somali army brigadier. "We do not know whether al-Shabaab wants to join the international jihad arena to play a role on the international stage as a means to gain more funds as well as more support."

Ahmed told Sabahi there are "tens of foreign fighters" in the ranks of al-Shabaab. "[Al-Qaeda] needs them in order to be able to send fighters to the western countries they came from in order to stage terrorist attacks there."

Al-Shabaab will lose 'hearts and minds' of Somalis

Omar Tahir, director of the Centre for Moderation and Dialogue and an expert on Islamist groups in Somalia, told Sabahi that al-Shabaab's leadership is divided into two camps.

He said the first group includes tribal militia leaders such as Hassan Dahir Aways and Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansour. The second group is lead by extremists influenced by al-Qaeda such as Mukhtar Abu al-Zubair, the leader of al-Shabaab, and Ibrahim al-Afghani.

"In the past couple of months, there was a conflict between the two groups... The focus of this conflict was the role of the foreign fighters in the movement as well as how to deal with al-Qaeda," Tahir told Sabahi.

"The most extreme wing [of al-Shabaab] led by Abu al-Zubair, who wanted to openly and logistically join al-Qaeda, thus rendering Somalia a launching pad for international jihad, succeeded in the internal struggle among al-Shabaab's leadership," he said. "As for the relatively moderate current led by Abu Mansour and with him, Sheikh Aways, who both wanted to follow a more moderate policy in dealing with the outside world as well as a preference for an ideological rather than a full logistical relationship with al-Qaeda, they have lost the battle."

Tahir said the moderate wing sought to present an image of an Islamic state in Somalia governed by al-Shabaab.

Political analyst Mohamed Abdul Razzaq said al-Shabaab's direct affiliation with al-Qaeda will harm the group's support among Somalis.

"Al-Shabaab loses popular support after uniting with al-Qaeda," Abdul Razzaq told Sabahi. "Despite the fact that the group adopted al-Qaeda's ideology, it will lose the hearts and minds of the Somali people after joining al-Qaeda and the group will be unable to have influence on the streets in order to attract new supporters."

Attempt to 'boost morale'

Al-Shabaab pledged its allegiance to al-Zawahiri last June when the latter assumed leadership of al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden. This was considered by security monitors the start of al-Shabaab's membership with al-Qaeda's international terrorism network.

On Monday (February 13th), al-Shabaab held a rally in Elasha Biyaha to pledge its support for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

"[Al-Shabaab] in Somalia has joined directly to al-Qaeda brothers, which means we are part of them," al-Shabab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage was quoted as saying by Somalia's RBC Radio.

"We will work with other brothers of AQAP in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the world and we are part of them," he said. "We are the branch of AQAP in Somalia."

Similar demonstrations were held in Afgoye, Merka and Lafoole, where other al-Shabaab officials called for resistance against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces, the radio station reported.

Security analysts say such demonstrations may be an attempt to raise morale for al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab, following logistical and financial losses incurred by both groups.

"Al-Shabaab have always been allied with al-Qaeda," said Somali security analyst Abdul Rashid Ishaaq. "Also, al-Shabaab's leadership had actually received orders and directives from al-Qaeda for a long time, not to mention advice and training from members of the international network. Al-Shabaab also uses the terrorist tactics of al-Qaeda such as suicide attacks, car bombs and others."

Ishaaq told Sabahi, "This new announcement, in my personal opinion, is just an attempt to raise morale for both groups because this step comes at a time when both organisations -- al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda -- have witnessed major setbacks due to the elimination of their key commanders during the past 10 months."

A new front in the war on terrorism

The TFG said in a statement on Monday that the joining of the two groups proves that the government and AMISOM forces have been fighting al-Qaeda in Somalia over the past few years.

"We also believe that their union will increase the insecurity in Somalia, East Africa and the rest of the world, and that Somalia risks becoming an al-Qaeda base in East Africa," the statement said. "The Somali government will not take lightly the danger from their official union and will put all its forces as well as the general public at the highest alert to confront the likely danger to the security of Somalia and the East African region."

"We ask all the young people that have been misled by al-Shabaab to stop working with them since it is clear to them that this group has shown its true color by joining the international criminal group of al-Qaeda," the TFG said, adding that al-Shabaab defectors have 15 days to "lay down their arms and follow the peaceful way".

AMISOM said the joining of the two groups represents a new challenge to the peace mission in the region.

"Al-Shabaab carried the hallmark of al-Qaeda as it was not Somali but part of al-Qaeda," said AMISOM spokesperson Major Paddy Akunda. "We knew that and ask everyone to exercise more caution because we are now fighting al-Qaeda. It is a new front [in the war] on terrorism."

Akunda called on the international community to quickly confirm its commitment to Somalia so that it does not become a safe haven for international terrorism.

"We all know that al-Qaeda supports al-Shabaab and that their ideology is not Somali and it is also not Islamic, but rather an al-Qaeda ideology and that is now very clear," said Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. He said the joining of al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab "comes as no surprise, due to the strong ties between the two".

The Somali Islamic Scholars Association expressed concern about the upcoming stage in Somalia after al-Shabaab joined al-Qaeda.

"Al-Shabaab's decision to join al-Qaeda poses a threat to the future of the Somali homeland," said Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad, chairman of the Somali Islamic Scholars Association. "The social makeup and the very nature of the Somali people is not compatible with the orientation of al-Qaeda, and therefore, whoever tries to place the Somali homeland under the banner of al-Qaeda is not taking this into consideration."

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Reader's Comments

  • maclin maxamed
    December 17, 2013 @ 07:02:40AM

    Thanks to God. He is the only one we ask for help. After this, I would like to tell the holy warriors wherever they are to seek for the blessings of God.

  • said juma
    February 2, 2013 @ 12:29:55PM

    infidels being killed is justice and I support all Islamic groups which fight so that the Quran is the rule of law on earth. There is no terrorist or anything, what is there is a holy war between Muslims who want the Quran to be the rule of law and infidels who do not want that, and the Quran has no doubt it is time for judging even if infidels you do not want that.

  • Muhammad Haji
    July 13, 2012 @ 12:57:08AM

    The reason that might have led to these two groups coming together was to strengthen and broaden the al-Qaida network. This could have been a strategic plan for the al-Qaida to divert attention from themselves to the other smaller group, the al-shabaab, so that they could take on their terrorist attacks. The al-shabaab on the other hand saw a cheaper option of getting fresh supply of ammunition and bombs, which would be used to fight against the African union troops surrounding kismayu. Unless the airstrips in Mogadishu and kismayu were controlled, these terror groups would have continued to get funds from the mother group, hence making it harder to fight terrorism in Somalia.

    July 12, 2012 @ 07:02:21AM

    With the al-Qaida, tearing apart slowly by slowly, their methods of gaining funds is slowly dwindling, which is making them to be both scared and bankrupt. With these in their minds, they have to seek for more ways in which they can lay their hands on, hence started to focus on the high-ranking civilians. Once they take these civilians into captivity, they then demand huge lump sums of money. They then threaten the families of these civilians against involving the police, or else they will kill the hostage. This is the only way the terror group can make in some more money. The other reason why the al-Qaida is focusing on civilians is that they have realized that governments are not willing to give the ransoms to the terror groups. Whenever a government promises to give ransoms to these groups, they normally find a way of locating them, and taking the terror groups to custody. This calls for an urgent measure from these groups, so that they can keep away from any government transactions, and be able to stay on their feet.

  • salama
    July 12, 2012 @ 04:52:29AM

    Upon seeing the morning light to their extinction, the al-shabaab decided to embrace the al-Qaida, so that they could get some help from them. Since the al-Qaeda ,is the leading terror group known worldwide and has been involved in many terrorist attacks, then the al-shabaab needed to seek some guidance from the same. With the two groups merging, then it would beam than the al-Qaida would fund the al-shabaab as usual, hence they would be able to stand back to their feet.

  • ibrahim hussein
    June 12, 2012 @ 07:09:05AM

    osama bin laden was killed by the USA marine forces last year and ended his leadership of the most notorieous terrorist group in the middle east. The death of this leader will not change the group extremist because the group has been divided into smaller terror group who are still carrying out their terror activities. the only thing that might change is that there will not be a complex plan attack like that of 9/11 which required more funds and a more united group. The smaller groups have turned into their selfish need of funding and they are carrying out activities that will ensure they get money. the reson for this is that the people who used to fund the group have since puled out because the group has devieted from their “cause”. The leader who took over after bin laden does not have control of the whole group anymore and most of are working as mercenaries for hire working for the one who can fill their pocket with money.may Allah help all muslims to get ride of the terrorists .

  • Karuri
    May 19, 2012 @ 06:20:31AM


  • Rashid Athumani
    May 10, 2012 @ 02:37:01AM

    Have we asked ourselves why there are terrorist? we have to think twice

  • joseph mwangi wairimu
    May 10, 2012 @ 12:28:01AM

    the people must be united so as to eliminate this enemy with the help of the UN by giving information to the local readers of their trust

  • Sahro maxamad
    May 9, 2012 @ 12:31:43AM

    The alliance of Al-Shabaab with Al-Qaida is a success to the people of Somalia and the entire Muslim community. I can say that the union between these two groups will lead to the liberation of Somalia and the Muslim world in general. GOD WILLING.

  • peter
    April 8, 2012 @ 02:26:44PM

    These guys should be eliminated in the world under all available measures

  • shaaban mwanza
    March 27, 2012 @ 04:38:57AM

    AL-SHABAB are just like MUNGIKI were buy the diffrence is only the colour and tribe,they only want to make wealth in this war killing the inocent people around the world,

  • Ilyas
    March 24, 2012 @ 11:50:47PM

    Al Qaida is a terrorist group found in Iraq and Afghanistan and they follow a certain Islamic ideology which most people are terming them as contradicting and misleading. The Islamic rules clearly state that you should not cause harm to a fellow human being.

  • polyn
    March 24, 2012 @ 05:39:55AM

    how i love this. the next step shoul be an effort to either kill or arest this leader of the al-shabaab and hence the group will automatically dissolve. somalia will finally have peace and the whole world at large.

  • maxamed xuseen
    March 22, 2012 @ 01:29:57PM

    I think al-shabab is losing the confidence of the Somali people, which they had previously.

    March 22, 2012 @ 08:01:53AM

    our nation Kenya will experience numerous attacks since al-shabab,al-quaeda and the emerging Mombasa Republican (M.R.C)are motivated by one factor,they all claim to be islamic liberators.The M.R.C which is an emerging group is likely to form a link with the other extremist groups since they feel that their issues are too genuine and cannot be handled by a minor athourity in the government like the ministors and the mayor.They seem to seek an indipendent nation.This dream of theirs can only be achieved by linking up with more powerfull forces like the al-quaeda and al-shabab.

  • David kibet
    March 22, 2012 @ 02:47:49AM

    Al-Shabaab militia a lot of inconveniences in the horn of Africa and Somali people.This group must be stopped to allows Somali citizens live in peace with their neighbors.Al-Qaeda want support from Al-Shabaab for Somali to be their training ground.

  • Name removed for offensive content
    March 21, 2012 @ 08:17:12AM

    Al-Shabaab militia was a branch of the Union of Islamic Court. It was created for their fight against Ethiopia and the transitional government of Somalia. Their sermons talk about international jihad. They said they don’t have relations with Al-Qaeda. It is the leaders that mention their desire to form a strong Islamic government under the Islamic law; one that is free from the deceptions, in which that can be translated to Ethiopians or Americans. Al-Shabaab attacked Somali civilians and they believe the people are not truthful to the Islamic customs.

    March 21, 2012 @ 06:30:54AM


  • antony
    March 21, 2012 @ 04:34:14AM

    the Al-shabaab should be killed

  • axmed sulayman
    March 19, 2012 @ 12:49:59AM

    Since Bin Laden existed in Sudan,, Al-Qaeda organization exists in Somalia due to establishing camps to train the fighters in this area. Moreover, Somalia forms one of the arenas in which the organization targets the western and US interests existing inside Kenya and Ethiopia and its existence in Somalia allows it to enter all the African countries. The non-announcing of Somalia for itself and its fusion within the movements and the chaos state that prevailed Somalia allowed Al-Qaeda ito move and plan freely...

  • kiprono yegon
    March 18, 2012 @ 09:58:33AM

    It is a great terms and condition for the American union and the world to engauge in figting terror group . Following the recen union of al Qaida and Al shabaab it will be a blood shed to countries figting against the terror group commonly kenya who is more than eight months old fight in somalia. Actualy being assorted in one way or another saves alot as when compared to last terror attack in machakos country bus station, if kenya was not against the terror group they were not able to lose their people,though figting was an overhoul to remove terrorism,inoscent kenyans is to blame the Gorvement of not beefing security as it is aware of it. Blaming the world nations they are suppose to fight this people away and deploy international millitants to fight,kill and destroy the terror group.

  • abbas faiq
    March 17, 2012 @ 06:16:38PM

    Each of the youth movement in Somalia and Al-Qaeda organization are witnessing from a period of time a great retreat in their military abilities and an increasing reduction in the space of their actions and the areas where they spread, where the youth movement after controlling since few years most of the lands in south Somalia except for some parts of the capital Mogadishu, it has become under the control of the transitional government.

  • Nimo
    March 17, 2012 @ 06:08:46PM

    Somalia is considered a secured resort for Al-Qaeda and it allows free movement for it and it has large areas of forests unlike most of the open Somali lands.

  • wadani fuaad
    March 16, 2012 @ 09:50:04PM

    Al-Qaeda is taking advantage of this fusion due to the spread of Al-Qaeda thought among wide categories of the youth. Moreover, the youth movement from teh first moment was supporting Al-Qaeda in terms of thinking and military approach and considering itself an alley for Al-Qaeda and not a branch for the basic organization. The youth movement joining to Al-Qaeda makes Somalia submit to the bahviors of Al-Qaeda organization and it will take over complete supervision over the military operations in reality and it will transfer its military operations to Ethipia, Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti that already have military existence in Somalia.

  • adan
    March 15, 2012 @ 04:51:40AM

    Even though the announcement of the alliance between Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaida came at a time when both groups suffered great losses in terms of assets and logistics, we can say that this issue greatly reduces the dignity of Al-Shabaab in the Somali community and for this reason they will lose many of their supporters. The leader of Al-Qaida announced that they formed an alliance with Al-Shabaab 8 months after the movement, vowed to become loyal to Al-Qaida. If we analyze this we can say that Al-Shabaab will benefit nothing from such alliance with Al-Qaida and it is Al-Qaida who will take all the benefit. We don’t know if Al-Shabaab is forming this alliance with Al-Qaida in order to participate in the international holy wars so as to get funds and support. I think Al-Qaida is interested in the 10 foreign fighters who fight alongside Al-Shabaab so that they can send them back to the western countries where they originally came from in order to execute terrorist attacks.

  • Ahmed
    March 14, 2012 @ 08:21:23PM

    Since, that crash USA planned to deploy their security forces in and around the many Muslim countries to find the Osama Bin Laden, the one of the main leaders of Al Qaeda. Last year they killed him in the Pakistan. After that all started to mention that now Al Qaeda will not be that strong as it was in the time of Osama Bin Laden. The comment is true also; many Al Qaeda militants lost their lives in recent years is shocking news for the Al Qaeda. Now they don’t have enough power in their hands and get less support from the other militant group but now too they are the most feared one.

  • Abdirahman
    March 14, 2012 @ 06:38:46PM

    The Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab have same ideas but different in operations, they are targeting different audiences, like Al Qaeda is targeting the people of the entire world and on the other hand Al Shabaab is in Somali region only.

  • abdiazeez
    March 13, 2012 @ 01:18:06PM

    I would like to say that they are pretending to be Muslims but they are hypocrites. I wondered when I know that you don`t fear your God instead you fear Americans and the Europeans. You should work hard to be righteous so as to get God’s paradise in the hereafter and get American Ideologies out of your mind. This is the time we are expected to work hard and become Godly in everything we do than seeking worldly pleasures. So I would urge you to support the ones fighting for the sake of Gods religion Islam.

  • Abdullahi
    March 11, 2012 @ 09:28:53PM

    The murder of the Al-Qaeda leader will dissolve that organization, because its members take orders from these leaders. When leaders are killed or even imprisoned, it means that the group will take a longer time to organize itself once again, hence forces fighting against them can take advantage of the chaos and exterminate the group.

  • mohamed ciilqabe
    March 11, 2012 @ 09:21:10PM

    When it became clear that Al-Shabaab holds the same ideology as Al-Qaida. This similarity in their ideologies is illustrated by the close relationship the two groups enjoy with each other to the extent that Al-Shabaab declared to support Al-Qaida and raised their flag in Somalia. If these two groups are left to enjoy such a cordial relationship, then there is no doubt that Somalia will become a safe haven for Al-Qaida in future. If we further analyze their similarities, we can definitely say that Al-Qaida is the mother organization of Al-Shabaab.

  • ahmedmatter
    March 11, 2012 @ 10:02:54AM

    it seems to me that the leads of alshabab want to encourage their soidiers and to be afraid TFG and AMISOM so we hope al shabab to be broken

  • Don
    March 10, 2012 @ 04:23:55PM

    Don A wise man once said.."All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I have been astonished by how afraid the sheiks and imams have been to denounce this evil group that trashed Koranic teachings and defames Islam by spreading evil. Where are the true, the strong, and the honorable leaders to stand up and denounce them? Or are they too afraid" Or do they secretly agree with these barbarians that kidnap teenage boys against their will, just like the LRA, to go and fight for them. Faraji makes a very good comment above that should be read by everyone concerned. Let people follow the ir conscience. Let people choose how they want to worship. God is big enough to judge and take care of His business Himself. Please, let Him!

  • Ojukwu
    March 10, 2012 @ 06:01:33AM

    Salman Rushdie once published a book titled "The satanic verses" and was almost killed. It is the teaching of such verses in the Quran which make people blinded by them kill other people in the name of religion. God is love and never allowed in his commandments one human being to kill another in his name, never; that can not be God. It is only satan who can do that. If there are still people today believing in such teachings of hatred, killing etc, then brothers and sisters you are worshipping the devil without knowing. Please let this book (Satanic Verses) be published online so that our brothers and sisters can see the light by reading it and be able to identify themselves with the true religion where people live in peace, love, unity and brotherliness assisting and helping others to worship the true GOD of love.

  • Saddam
    March 10, 2012 @ 03:58:58AM

    I guess these is just a way of gaining momentum and creating fear and a sense of naivity in Kenya troops and also Amison from carry out their tasks of restoring peace and order in the lawless great nation of Somalia. But the Kenya troops alongside with its allies have reached a point of grabbing the bull by the horn and may Allah give them the support they need in carry out this job, becuase its only the childrens and the women who suffering in the hands ruthless 'Alshabab'.

  • sam maenda ong'ondi
    March 9, 2012 @ 12:56:15PM


    March 9, 2012 @ 06:36:51AM

    their(alshabab)ideology is not getting nowhere only that its awasteb of time resourcesand life of innocent people which is unacceptable to the ALLAH that they trust in.

  • jera
    March 9, 2012 @ 06:00:04AM

    this article my opinion, you have to think first before you decide something........!

  • Sangaka
    March 9, 2012 @ 03:41:09AM

    Hit these cows hard KDF go go no fear

  • anyona caleb
    March 9, 2012 @ 12:31:12AM

    let our men forge forward.

  • stephen wabuti
    March 8, 2012 @ 06:58:32AM

    in my opinion, if it were possible, the whole world would reconsider the entire activities of the so called 'Madras'. this is the the craddleland of comic terrorism. muslim leaders who are against terror should wake up and form an international organization free from corruption and favourism to check and approve mosque activities. churches should not be spared eighther.

    March 8, 2012 @ 02:53:56AM


  • peter
    March 7, 2012 @ 11:03:22PM

    these animals callef al shabaab and al queda should let the beatifull poeple of somali to enjoy their country also including thenselves. AS is just a small group. join other somalis to build your county. stupid pigs.

  • Kimario Leons Ngalai
    March 7, 2012 @ 09:58:26AM

    All members of al shabab should be kicked out by international communities

  • maxamed abdikariim
    March 7, 2012 @ 03:06:55AM

    Al-Shabaab is an organization that is out to terrorize the community and Islam does not mean terrorism. Some people equalized their fear of Al-Shabaab with that of God. they pray due to the fear of Al-Shabaab and that is really bad.

  • lenny
    March 7, 2012 @ 02:36:49AM

    This al-shabaab thing is not about religion it all about people willing to make wealth out this war. they know once somalia come peace then they will be out of bussiness. Really culpirits are not even in somalia they sent their surrogates to do the dirty job . Kudos to KDF they will wipe out this gangsters no matter what it takes. GO KDF GO you make me proud of being a Kenyan. to hell with Al-shabaab to hell with Al- Qaeda

  • faraji abasi
    March 7, 2012 @ 01:42:25AM

    Al-Qaeda ideology differs from true Islamic doctrine and law. For example, committing murder is strictly forbidden for all Muslims. The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) himself preferred to reduce the need to follow the path of Jihad; and he testified that murder cannot bring about purity. Islam is a religion of peace, it is not a religion of strife. God testified on this matter in his command that Muslims take part in negotiation instead of forcing adherents of other religions to agree with them. The true doctrine of Islam identifies negotiation and promises spiritual reward in heaven for those who follow the path of compromise. In addition, the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not impose Islamic teachings on non-Muslims. Far from that, the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) amazed and attracted non-Muslims by his tranquility and his love for peace. Those Islamic extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda, that claim to follow Sunni Islam, strict Sharia and fundamentalist Islam, prefer extremism. They proclaim and disseminate false teachings that propagate terrorism all over the world and present a picture of Islam as a religion of strife and cruelty.

  • paul kamau
    March 6, 2012 @ 08:59:03AM

    You guys are not serious about what is happening in somalia at the moment KDF has suffered greatly but hidding from the truth, they are now asking the UN to bring in more soldiers to help them out , otherwise they will be wiped out within no time.

  • paul
    March 6, 2012 @ 08:53:30AM

    who are these terrorist are you refering to. do you mean fightint outside invasion is equal to terrorism? don't be foolish boy, these somalis are fighting for their country just like the way kikuyus fought for their land in central kenya. they were not not called terrorist but maumau, so whats the big deal here? stupid cow.

  • yusuf ,Tanzani
    March 6, 2012 @ 02:42:36AM

    sorry ,i do not speak about Al shabab or islamic group ,but this is an infomation to all muslim in the whole world.allah told tio agaist those who are no muslim .why because the do not belive on allah .all who are non muslim are againstting islam .how can we be friend of them and they are enemi to us? we must leave this hypocritical way and tall to them the trouth .UN,UNHR are against Quran our islamic law .and orderder us to follow constitution made by human .we are not creat by human we are been created by allah we have to follow his law which is Quran .

  • moses sonko
    March 5, 2012 @ 08:17:33AM

    whatever tehy try to do will surely fail cause they don't know who they are messing with

  • flora
    March 5, 2012 @ 05:38:37AM

    This is a militia group which should be removed

  • nicholas tukero
    March 5, 2012 @ 12:57:30AM

    this stupid jobless people should look for4 otherwise before being cleared

  • ALFA
    March 4, 2012 @ 01:44:26PM


    March 4, 2012 @ 11:17:59AM

    What is happenning in Somali is not Muslims fighting against Christian aggressors, but an action of neighbouring states, threatened by anarchist attacks of international terrosrism. The reasoning is akin to: if we sit on our backside, weapons of terror that flattened American establishments, Israel interests and Passenger Aircrafts will sooner than later get us and humiliate us by mixing our blood with that of our mothers and children. So, why don't we meet the hashish chewing social misfits (or what else would make a full grown man blow up self in front of women and children? Dope: period) out in the field. They drag the name of religion into the game because in the first place, their grasp of the mind of God on the sanctity of life is allien to them.

  • Kenneth kiruai
    March 4, 2012 @ 07:53:01AM

    This Al-shabaab thing will dealt with properly only when the revenue is blocked.

  • abdirahman
    March 4, 2012 @ 05:41:45AM

    In my opinion,the decline of alshabab influence began before alzawahire's announcement of the merge of alshabab into greater alqaeda.this may give them alittle bit of morale,but does not change the fact that alshabab's star has faded and their religious rhetoric had become counterproductive.however,these tectonic shifts of both strategy and tactics of alshabab and their popular receding from public domain doesn't mean they will disappear ,overnight, from somali political arena ,on the contrary, they will mount their deadly-bombing targets and hit-and-run operations on the national stage unless, the tfg devices a strong inteligent and security apperarutus that forestalls future attacks by alshabab.

  • eliteelite
    March 3, 2012 @ 08:24:51AM

    alshaab should stop their nonsense

  • omo
    March 3, 2012 @ 05:41:43AM

    last kicks of a dying horse.........

    March 3, 2012 @ 05:04:02AM

    Imagine al-shabaab militia groups and al-qaeda,have caused sufferings to citizens of somalia,including children,youths and old people ,imagine people of somalia dying of hunger while running away from the groups, ooooh may our God of heaven have mercy to our brothers and sisters of somalia that one day they can enjoy peace in their own country,we would like to see their children going to school and men and women doing business in their country,all refugees living in kenya going back to their beloved country in celebrations,with joy and happiness ,God restore peace in somalia your people have suffered a lot in the hands of international criminals .ooooh JESUS you are a healer and merciful!!!!!! prince of PEACE !!!AMEN

  • kennedy chesoni
    March 2, 2012 @ 07:38:50AM

    Everything has got it's time and there time pass away and succeeded by others

  • david kyalo
    March 2, 2012 @ 07:34:31AM

    whichever name they call themselves we hit them!!

  • Muema Al muthui
    March 1, 2012 @ 03:09:20PM

    this does not add any molare. al shabaabs alliance with alqaida is long existent and known.

  • kipyegon koech wesley
    March 1, 2012 @ 08:27:56AM

    great updates thanks

  • Elder john Ogando
    March 1, 2012 @ 12:09:00AM

    praying for restoration of peace in Somalia. Gods intevention will see all groups putting down their weapons and proclaim peace. Shetani ashindwe in the name of our lord.

  • munyasia
    February 29, 2012 @ 11:29:46PM

    The recent actions taken by al-shaabab signifies the last kicks of a dying horse and very soon they will be brought to books to account for their evil.

  • ok
    February 26, 2012 @ 02:50:52PM

    all is true

  • Hassan Ibrahim
    February 26, 2012 @ 01:47:20AM

    Those holding extreme ideologies believe that Al-Shabaab is causing problem in Somalia however, there is a strict and unreasonable laws formulated by others. Al-Shabaab is a true Muslim group whom were given the wrong interpretation of the Islamic religion and the problem is not having knowledge about Islam and the misunderstanding of the Islamic messege. People talk ill about Al-Shabaab because they (people) do not understand the religion well. Al-Shabaab is right according to the Islamic religion and every Muslim is expected to do the same by the religion. The Muslims are forgoing their religion in favor of foreign ideologies inculcated in them by unbelievers.

  • Halimo Harbi
    February 25, 2012 @ 03:04:49AM

    Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda have a very close relationship. Al-Shabaab has clearly indicated that it is Al-Qaeda Somalia wing. The killing of the Al-Qaeda leader has had a significant effect on Al-Shabaab. The killing of the leader of Al-Qaeda has led to the resolve to kill the workers of humanitarian organizations and soldiers of the peacekeeping missions stationed in Somalia. Al-Shabaab has also mentioned other targets it is looking for so as to avenge the killing of Al-Qaida leaders in the mountainous region of Pakistan. This also indicates that there were a threats towards the life of Obama's grandmother on May of last year. Obama’s grandmother who lives in Kenya was also threatened by Al-Shabaab after the killing of Osama in Abbottabad in Pakistan. There was an immediate cry for the security of her neighborhood. It’s very important that Al-Shabaab comes under a government so as to stop their threats to the Somali citizens or to the citizens of other countries. All possible attempts should be made to make sure Al-Shabaab is not able to execute their threats to avenge the killing of Osama anywhere in the world.

  • yasmin said elemanih
    February 21, 2012 @ 03:20:57AM


  • pwk
    February 20, 2012 @ 09:22:43AM

    Both Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabbaab are blood thirsty criminal gangs who rejoice in aflicting pain and sorrow to their own people. its beyond imagination that one in the name of god would consider it a religious duty to murder innocent people. which god is this who delights in the blood of innocent women and children and you want us to follow him ? please can we use our common sense and change this strange belief. wahome

  • hanad maxamed
    February 19, 2012 @ 06:25:53AM

    Peace on you. First, if I talk about the unity between the two Islamic organizations; Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen and and al-Qaida is welcome news. I swear in the name of God, if I would have been in Somalia, I would join but it is unfortunate that I am currently living in the capital city of Sweden. I wish Al Shabaab an ever-lasting existence that will never fall.

  • Robert
    February 18, 2012 @ 07:18:10AM

    The Al-shabaab thinks that by joining the Al-Qaeda, they will be strengthened. I thing they are going to bcome more and more weak due to their unity. By the way, their unity is a symbol of defeat and it only shows that they have realised that they don't have any hope for future survival in the current somali society.

  • ernest fred
    February 18, 2012 @ 04:59:06AM


  • wanjosh
    February 18, 2012 @ 03:44:23AM

    Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda whatever they are, are a creation of some people, not with god or religion at heart, but deeply egocentric intents. Manipulation of the weak minded has been in existence for long where personal intents are capsuled in sweet rhetorics of protecting our 'land', 'religion', 'race', 'tribe' etc. Many loose their lives innocently while the initiators are left to enjoy the loot. In Al-Shabaab we see a group of poor young men led by some 'religious' fanatics waging a war against the innocent. It has become obvious to those who can see through the veil that this has nothing to do with religion. The active role that Britons (citizens not government) have taken in fighting with the Al-Shabaab has become eye brow raising. A cache of explosives found in the home of a British woman in Mombasa has also left so many questions unanswered. Africans we need to open our eyes. The west is slowly loosing its grip on this continent and will do anything to retain its relevance. This includes going back to its old ways of causing strife where necessary.

  • Sabasi omaoro
    February 18, 2012 @ 03:23:42AM

    International forces fighting al-qaida should open a front in somalia and allocate more resources to support ammisom forces,tfg forces and kenyan forces to fight the terrorists.

  • Ayanna
    February 16, 2012 @ 11:14:48AM

    The news concerning Somalia can confuse people because of the use of different words so as to explain the different kinds of conflict that occurs there. This is perpetuated by the Transitional Federal Government and the Union of Islamic Courts. This war is between other groups and past history, the warlords, the neighboring countries, America and other foreigners who after a holy war. America identifies the Union of Islamic courts as terrorists because they are traitors, and due to this the American news concerning the occurrences in Somalia emphasizes more on counter-terrorism.

  • Bado
    February 16, 2012 @ 11:05:47AM

    Humanitarian organizations have tried their level best to eradicate the Al-Shabaab militia group. They have united with the Federal Government of Somalia to fight against this rebel militia group in order to maintain peace. The African Union has at once sent six thousand emergency peace keepers to save life and property in Somalia. Groups that are against Al-Shabaab have supported the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to fight against these insurgents. One of the groups supporting the government is Hizbul Islam. This is a powerful militia group that is ready to offer itself to give its country humanitarian assistance. They have offered themselves to confront this illegitimate army and to end the fighting in order to restore security to the people of Somalia.

  • omoke1
    February 16, 2012 @ 07:51:57AM

    al-shabaab has un Goldly and satanic groups hence can not last same to al-qaeda. All are terrorising and killing inocent wananchi and GOD doese not like that so they will eventually die/ end. All GOD FEARING COUNTRIES UNITE AND SURPOT ONE ANOTHER TILL WE FINISH al-shabaab /al-qaeda. GOD BLESS ALL

  • Adimu
    February 15, 2012 @ 01:22:31PM

    Tanzania, being one of the countries near Somalia, is anxious about its security because of the members of the Al-Shabaab militia group. A lot of refugees from Somalia immigrated into the country during Somalia’s civil war. Threats from Al-Shabaab have increased since the leaders of that militia group threatened to wage war against those who will try to intervene. From that event there is concern about the security of property, the country and its people. Nobody knows when and where the Al-Shabaab insurgents will attack. This has forced security personnel to be alert and on standby at all times. By doing this, they will reduce the Al-Shabaab threat and, eventually, they will succeed against their enemies.

  • abdul shire
    February 15, 2012 @ 12:38:59PM

    As usual, it is a group of youth using the religion by blindfolding, power-crazy and in gangster manner. Throughout history, there were youth groups like this one with different religious background that had the same characteristics, therefore, this is not particularly isolated to the Muslims. Several years ago, the Christians used to kill the women particularly those they suspect to be evil eyed (witches) or found to engage in filthy behaviors, all these crimes committed under the name of religion. It is unfortunate in the 21st century, for small ignorant groups to commit horrendous actions in the same manner but the world media completly ignored 24/7.

  • emmanuel wanyama
    February 15, 2012 @ 07:28:26AM

    i like it

  • Edwin Oduor
    February 15, 2012 @ 07:12:25AM

    Indeed its true that joining the terrorists do not help Al-shababs cause nor popularity with the local somali populace

  • osman E. Awaleh
    February 15, 2012 @ 03:13:08AM

    Somalia is a baked cake and everybody wants to take its own slice, Not only the Regional countries, but also Al Qaeda, All these conflicting groups are tribal based influence, except few who support the international ideology of Al Qaeda, and they will definalely lose, becuase they don't have the basic tribal support or even the majority of the public opinion within the Shabab like Dhahir Aweiys and the other local leaders. Therefore, Al Shabab union with Al Qaeda is not an advantage. .

  • peter mburu
    February 15, 2012 @ 01:53:49AM

    everybody should be against the violent acts of shabab regardless of his or her religion affiliation. the war against terrorism should be extended across all horizons to realize a free-terrorist world,,,,

  • Mohamed Jama Ibrahim
    February 14, 2012 @ 08:29:51AM

    This article is just an opinion, but we should ask our self what could come out of the merge that they announced. In my opinion this would be a huge benefit for Al-Shabaab who will get training, an army and funds from Greater Al-Qaeda. This is also a demoralizing and disastrous situation for injustice alliance. I don’t know about those who said some of the statments in the article, but they forgot, or they are in denial, that the Somali people are 100% Muslim and that they will never accept an occupation by Christianity that was brought by the black puppets of white Christians to rule Muslim people where ever they are. Militarily this merge will be a force that overpowers Christians and their alliance in the horn of Africa. It is a victory for the Muslim people yet defeat and disaster for the Christians and their companions. Thanks Allah.

  • Feynuus
    February 14, 2012 @ 05:57:49AM

    Al-Shabaab militia was a branch of the Union of Islamic Court. It was created for their fight against Ethiopia and the transitional government of Somalia. Their sermons talk about international jihad. They said they don’t have relations with Al-Qaeda. It is the leaders that mention their desire to form a strong Islamic government under the Islamic law; one that is free from the deceptions, in which that can be translated to Ethiopians or Americans. Al-Shabaab attacked Somali civilians and they believe the people are not truthful to the Islamic customs.

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