Open letter to al-Zawahiri rocks foundations of al-Shabaab

By Majid Ahmed in Mogadishu

April 12, 2013

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The year-long internal crisis within al-Shabaab intensified this month after the group's second-in-command sent a stinging criticism of its leadership to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

  • Al-Shabaab has lost territory, fighters and support from the Somali people on a near daily basis since the end of 2011. Above, al-Shabaab members surrender to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on September 22, 2012 near Jowhar. [Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP]

    Al-Shabaab has lost territory, fighters and support from the Somali people on a near daily basis since the end of 2011. Above, al-Shabaab members surrender to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on September 22, 2012 near Jowhar. [Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP]

  • Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in a video released October 11, 2011. [AFP Photo/IntelCenter]

    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in a video released October 11, 2011. [AFP Photo/IntelCenter]

  • A series of videos featuring Abu Mansour al-Amriki have contributed to the crisis within al-Shabaab's ranks. [File]

    A series of videos featuring Abu Mansour al-Amriki have contributed to the crisis within al-Shabaab's ranks. [File]

"If we are afraid of foreign players stealing the outcomes of jihad, today we are witnessing a reality that indicates that an internal deviation could lead to losing the profits of our effort in vain," Ibrahim al-Afghani said in an open letter released April 6th on a number of jihadist websites. He said he felt compelled to write the missive, titled "An Open Letter to Our Amir Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri", "on behalf of the silent majority" of al-Shabaab fighters.

Al-Afghani, whose real name is Ibrahim Haji Jama Meeaad and is also known as Abu Bakr al-Zaylai, is considered one of the founders of al-Shabaab and one of its only leaders trained in Afghan al-Qaeda camps in the 1990s. Until now, he avoided making public statements and preferred keeping a low-profile and working behind the scenes.

In the letter, al-Afghani paints a bleak picture of al-Shabaab and rebukes its leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubayr. He said al-Shabaab's current situation is "getting worse and nothing is visible on the horizon", calling on al-Zawahiri to intervene in order to find solutions to the rifts affecting the militants.

"Now, this is no time to wait or an occasion to be patient," he said in his 15-page letter. "We are walking in a dark tunnel and we do not know what is hiding for us in it, except for Allah the sovereign and wise."

As a result of internal divisions, al-Afghani said, al-Shabaab has lost most of the land it once controlled as well as the trust and support of the Somali people. "We have witnessed an obvious drawback in the achievements of the muhajideen. Ten states were under the rule of the movement four years ago, which came with the possession of huge human resources and the sympathy of our Muslim people," he said.

"Now, the jihadi spirit has receded and the motives for creation and production have been destroyed," he said, adding that skilled and talented people have been increasingly marginalised from al-Shabaab's ranks.

Godane has created an atmosphere devoid of new ideas, calling anyone who questions him a traitor, al-Afghani said. "Denying the repeated oppression of [Godane] against the Muslim people or about the rights of the mujahideen is understood by some as armed disobedience against the emir of the believers and straying away from the Muslim community," he said.

"[Godane] has secret prisons where whoever enters these prisons is lost forever and those who manage to get out receive a second lease on life," al-Afghani said. "These prisons come in many forms and none of the clerics or leaders are allowed to visit or inspect them. What happens in there are horrifically shocking violations of prisoners' rights."

Speaking about the fighters who have broken off from al-Shabaab's central leadership because of their opposition to Godane, al-Afghani writes, "Not only are those who refuse oppression and humiliation targeted, they are given no space and deprived of the simplest rights in life and left in the woods with the lions to face slow death."

Letter represents al-Shabaab's 'death certificate'

Omar Dahir, security analyst and director of the Mogadishu-based Centre for Moderation and Dialogue, said al-Afghani's letter reflects his worries about the militant group's future after its internal crisis reached a "stage that could lead to the total collapse of the movement".

"The tone of despair in al-Afghani's letter to al-Qaeda's leader is the equivalent of a death certificate for al-Shabaab," Dahir told Sabahi. "In essence, this message from al-Afghani to al-Qaeda's leader reflects the deep crisis that al-Shabaab is suffering from within as well as its decline and retreat."

Abdullahi Sheikh Ahmed, a political analyst and former leader in the Islamic Courts Union from which the al-Shabaab movement was born, said that hardliners have split into factions because of what he described as diverging interests.

Last year, as al-Shabaab began to sustain back-to-back losses, a rift among the group's leadership started to emerge, dividing the leadership in two camps: one with Godane and al-Afghani, considered hardliners who favoured the idea of al-Shabaab expanding beyond the Somali borders, and the other with Sheikh Mukhtar Robow and Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, who preferred limiting the group's activities to Somalia.

Al-Afghani's plea for an intervention and public criticism of Godane underscores the gravity of the situation, as their allegiance was considered the last foundation block of al-Shabaab.

"As time passed, allegiances and interests changed until [Godane's] more radical wing -- the Followers of the Religion of Abraham -- considered to be the most solid group within al-Shabaab based on its connection with its parent organisation, al-Qaeda, and its control over sources of funding and power, disintegrated," Ahmed told Sabahi.

"Ahmed Godane's monopoly on power and imposing totalitarian rule is the reason why there has been a widening chasm between him and the other leaders within the group such as Sheikh Mukhtar Robow," he added. "It is only natural that when the political, military and financial gains erode, the upper echelons of al-Shabaab start blaming one another and it should come as no surprise that divisions will continue as each wing tries to take hold of what is left of those gains."

Letter sows discord between militants on social media

Since the letter was released, a wave of activity has occurred on social media involving various actors in the global jihadist network.

There has been, however, a noticeable absence in the debate: al-Shabaab's official Twitter account has not yet addressed the letter, and instead has continued to proclaim unproven tactical victories against "the kuffar".

Al-Shabaab's silence on the matter was explained in a series of posts by Abu M, the Twitter handle of American-born jihadist Omar Hammami, better known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki.

"Recent actions of shabab show they are very afraid and [apprehensive] of what this letter might do to their credibility & power on the ground," Abu M tweeted on April 6th. "Al-Afghani was a key founder of shabab and the amir shura. He was wali of kismayu for a while as well."

Al-Amriki, continuing his efforts to show that he and his followers are not alone in their opposition to Godane's leadership, posted on April 8th, "the founders of shabab and myself are all united against oppression and in contact on a daily basis".

"My aim is to document shabab's destruction of itself so that the ummah can stop it or at least not repeat the same," Abu M added.

The Muslim Youth Centre (MYC), al-Shabaab's recruitment wing in Kenya, was quick to react to the letter's presence, openly admitting to the divisions within al-Shabaab's leadership.

"While da letter may ave come frm Al-Afghani da brains behind it was that toxic mujahid," MYC tweeted on April 7th, referring to al-Amriki, whose messages in recent months have exposed the growing rift within al-Shabaab.

"Al-Afghani is the second founding father of shabab. You are a girl in Kenya," Abu M told the MYC, which responded, "u run to al-Afghani to help u sow discord. Yes, am a girl in Kenya like dat makes a difference u misogynist!"

The bitter infighting on social media caused by the escalating crisis within al-Shabaab, as exemplified above, was even addressed by al-Afghani in his letter to al-Zawahiri. The ongoing problems within al-Shabaab "start and never end, and continue and escalate … then, the world witnesses the beginning of the fierce media war inside the social media rooms, with Twitter relaying its events to everyone!"

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    December 7, 2013 @ 04:28:08AM

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  • mujahedeen al-shabab
    October 2, 2013 @ 04:21:14PM

    May Allah grant al-Shabaab salvation and Islamic testimony so they would kill unbelievers till Islam prevails. Amen.

  • Peter
    October 1, 2013 @ 09:38:58AM

    Let me tell you, al-Shabaab, there is nothing good in killing people...God is one and He is the one who gives people their life. Why are you killing? Verily what awaits you is bitter for what you are doing. I urge you, brothers, to be kind... repent of your sins and you will be saved.

  • mohamed awadh mohamed
    September 26, 2013 @ 03:33:27AM

    We pray for those who lost their loved ones and friends. May GOD give them passion especially in this time of sorrow.

  • Kenyan Kabisa!
    September 25, 2013 @ 12:12:37PM

    Al-Shabaab are devils. We, Kenyans, will take the southern Somalia and send you back to school and all of you will be Christians. Jesus bless you.

  • khalfan shaban
    September 23, 2013 @ 12:46:23PM

    Which conflict with Kenya causes such large amount of civilians deaths?

  • OSAMA BIN LADEN
    August 30, 2013 @ 01:38:34AM

    Let those kafirs talk about what they want jihad will be continuing till sun rise from the west.

  • mabokwe jumanne
    August 25, 2013 @ 11:31:12AM

    What you write are not true, it's only propaganda. Jihadists are moving on.

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    August 25, 2013 @ 06:15:52AM

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  • abudhara hassan
    August 13, 2013 @ 10:59:47AM

    Those are just American propaganda in order to discourage jihadists who are outside Somalia but we will help our colleagues, and God willing, we will emerge victorious.

  • كريم
    August 11, 2013 @ 11:25:19AM

    There is nothing new in the way things are going and there is nothing strange. This is because most religious or other types of extremist groups are doomed to fall into schism and infighting and there are ample examples. For instance, Algeria and the Islamic Group is an example. This is because acting in a way that is contrary to the commands of the almighty God, results in nothing but trials and tribulations and painful punishment. God almighty has said: “then let those beware who withstand the Messenger´s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous penalty be inflicted on them.”

  • ridwan ahmed
    August 9, 2013 @ 07:34:08AM

    May God make Somalia peaceful and protect it from whatever that is disturbing her? Amen. May God lead the people to the straight path. Amen.

  • al-shabab
    July 30, 2013 @ 01:59:02PM

    May God give strength to al-Shabaab so that they would finish the infidels.

  • sharmaarke
    July 29, 2013 @ 04:37:47AM

    Al-Shabaab should be driven out of the town.

  • abdi shakuur daauud
    July 25, 2013 @ 02:37:58PM

    First and foremost, it is not good to spread information about the rift existing between the Muslims and every Muslim has to prevent as much as he/she can from spreading and prevent the rift existing between Muslims as he/she will rewarded both in this world and in hereafter. If I talk about the wrangles said to have started in the holy warriors; Al-Shabaab, I do see that they will solve on their own, any rift that may occur between them and Afgani will stay with the holy warriors just like before, God willing. I hope they will solve and fix their internal wrangles that is being spread by the media for good and they will exist forever, God willing. May God lead us to the straight path.

  • KOWSHIN C/LAAHI KOWSHIN
    July 24, 2013 @ 09:22:36AM

    FIRST, PEACE BE UPON YOU. SECONDLY, THANKS BE TO GOD WHO HAS PUT AL-SHABAAB IN WRANGLES. WE GRATIFY GOD FOR THIS. THIRDLY, I WOULD LIKE TO TELL MY BROTHERS TO LEAVE AL-SHABAAB AND STOP CAUSING PROBLEMS TO THEIR PEOPLE, COUNTRY AND RELIGION. LASTLY, I FEEL THAT GOD HAS SAVED US FROM THE PROBLEMS OF AL-SHABAAB. THANK YOU.

  • kii
    July 24, 2013 @ 07:55:30AM

    IT IS REALLY WONDERFUL. THE DEFECTORS WERE CURSED BY THE POOR PEOPLE WHO THEY HAVE DENIED THEIR RIGHTS AND I AM REALLY HAPPY ABOUT IT.

  • mustaf
    July 21, 2013 @ 05:25:55AM

    May God turn them against one another.

  • abdulaahi laabsaalax
    July 21, 2013 @ 04:08:05AM

    Truth is important. The people of Somalia and the Muslim community at large are confused by men using religion as a shield but people have to know Islam is all about peace and mercy. It is not about what is done by Al-Shabaab which has become a concern to Somalia and to the Muslim world in general.

  • SOOGUDE
    July 15, 2013 @ 05:15:08AM

    IF THAT IS TRUE THEN I BELIEVE THINGS HAVE BECOME VERY HARD AND THERE ARE MEN WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP AND WHO WERE INITIALLY DESCRIBED OR KNOWN FOR DOING SOME OTHER JOBS AND WERE BEING PREVENTED TO GO BEYOND MARKA TOWN IN JUBBA REGION. IBRAHIM AFGAAN HAS BEEN SPEARHEADING A CAMPAIGN THAT WAS GOING ON FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS WITH THE SUPPORT OF HASSAN DAHIR IN WHICH THEY WERE JOINED BY 5 OTHER PEOPLE. THEY WERE ALL INVOLVED IN THE SCANDAL OF THE 2 MEN WHO WERE KILLED IN BARAAWE AND WE BELIEVE THAT BOTH OF THOSE WHO SURVIVED AND THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES HAD QUESTIONABLE BEHAVIORS AND THEIR ISSUES WERE TERMINATED.

  • Jeffjam
    July 13, 2013 @ 09:21:00PM

    Today's world is full of disasters.

  • Hassan Abdalla sheikh
    July 13, 2013 @ 01:03:59PM

    May God give strength to Al-Shabaab.

  • yacqub
    July 10, 2013 @ 07:38:24AM

    It is a misfortune that has befallen Al-Shabaab for them to loose Afgaani. They are indeed very unlucky.

  • suleiman
    July 6, 2013 @ 12:38:28AM

    May Allah Empower our mujahideen all over the world.Ameen

  • mustafe
    July 5, 2013 @ 04:11:29AM

    May God have mercy on him.

  • caamir
    July 2, 2013 @ 02:52:28PM

    Peace on you all. Al Shabaab are now met with misfortunes.

  • [email protected]
    July 2, 2013 @ 02:44:30AM

    I would like to tell Abu Hamza who is based in Kenya that Al Shabaab need to seek for forgiveness from the public they harassed for long like Sheikh Hassan did and seek forgiveness from God too. Peace on you all.

  • kamaal
    June 26, 2013 @ 12:56:38AM

    I beseech Al Shabaab to stop the explosions they are doing in Somalia.

  • colaad dhaga cade
    June 22, 2013 @ 12:11:32PM

    Peace be on all Muslims and I wish almighty God will destroy Al Shabaab.

  • aden hasen cilmi
    June 17, 2013 @ 02:38:32AM

    I am sorry about this article because Al-Shabaab has destroyed the future of the youth. I would therefore pray to God to destroy Al-Shabaab and return the dignity of the government of Somalia. This is our hope because Somalis are treated as dangerous people who are terrorists.

  • mwenyewe
    June 12, 2013 @ 10:07:17AM

    I don't support al-Shabaab.

  • ayaan
    June 11, 2013 @ 04:38:04PM

    I pray to the God who gave me life to finish all those bringing havoc and lack of peace.

  • sadeeq
    June 11, 2013 @ 05:48:00AM

    There is nothing that happens against the will of God. His highness; Mohamed Siyad Bare's problems begin when he killed those clerics who were propagating the word of God.

  • mohamed abdi(biindhe)
    June 9, 2013 @ 04:14:35AM

    Al-Shabaab had the ability to rule different regions of Somalia but you have seen how it is today. I would like to urge Al-Shabaab to pray to God to show them the straight path; which is asking God to prevent you from killing a Muslim person.

  • mfaume hassan hamisi
    June 4, 2013 @ 05:59:27AM

    The world cannot achieve peace if super powers are continuing to colonize African states. Therefore, al-Shabaab are right. Let people have their self-determination and not forcing them on what you want. That is bad.

  • stephen
    May 24, 2013 @ 01:31:25PM

    This is a good work for the alshabaab to die

  • hamdu laela
    May 21, 2013 @ 03:06:14PM

    Somalis' lives have been destroyed by these bastards who are paid by Saudi Arabia and United States. Today Somalis have no face to live anywhere. Shabaab are not devils. Stop being ignorant.

  • jamo muses solomon
    May 19, 2013 @ 10:46:41AM

    (Anyone who fails to provide solution to his problems will bear the consequences)the same case Al-Shabab has gone astray and they refused to listen to the advises of the scholars thinking that what happen today will not happen again, God makes the violators go against one another. the wrangle between Al-shabab is a true one ; not false and is getting stronger. we pray to God to protect these guys from the community.

  • ABU AYMAN
    May 19, 2013 @ 03:55:09AM

    Any group, organization or anything will become extinct or disintegrate if they lose the support of the society they live with. So the people of Somalia have shared painful, challenging and fearful moments with Al-Shabaab but the people have benefited by learning what a good administrative system or leadership entails and they are now comfortable with the administrative system formed in the area where Al-Shabaab was ousted. Truly people benefited from Al-Shabaab by getting security that they have last seen 23 years ago but Al-Shabaab has caused the people of Somalia a lot of problems including explosions, assassinations, slaughtering of people, spreading false information about the religion of God and old men slaughtering young boys despite all the other good things they did for the people. All those problems have made the people of Somalia hate Al-Shabaab and this hatred has led Al-Shabaab into a lasting disintegration. So I welcome the disintegration of Al-Shabaab but we need a force to replace the forces of Al-Shabaab and this force should not be by these people who chew khat or those who have been working with the militia. Thank you all.

  • CABDIRISAAQ CALI GAYRE 19 5 2013may
    May 19, 2013 @ 12:40:09AM

    Minds should work and you should not see life as everlasting, so you should repent to God and stop inciting the people of Somalia against one another. You should bring them closer to one another whenever you are writing something or talking.

  • mahmoud khalid
    May 18, 2013 @ 08:02:04AM

    May Allah reconcile our forces, weed out those who have ill intensions and Make his laws rule the world.

  • idman luula
    May 18, 2013 @ 04:42:29AM

    Peace on you. I salute you my esteemed friends.

  • al-muctasim billaah
    May 17, 2013 @ 02:59:43AM

    Al-Shabaab is a group opposed to Islam. It is not right for clerics who obey the prophet and Salafi (a school of thought) to legalize shedding of the blood of other Muslims. Who will compensate the families of those who died in the fight? Who will compensate the families of the shoe shiners and the women who they killed with hidden explosive objects? Or they feel shedding their blood is legal to kill them. Al-Shabaab is a problem God has tried with the Muslim Somali people.

  • maxamed qaayre
    May 15, 2013 @ 04:41:19AM

    Peace on to all Muslims and to those people who speak Somali in particular. My comments comes after the salutation. The destruction of Al-Shabaab was caused by the crimes and the violation of rights they committed against the people of Somalia and the false they spread about our good religion that is based on mercy, solution and peace to mankind. God does not support impunity and help those who perpetrate impunity emerge victorious but He gives them time to work on the way they could go far into the hellfire and the time is indeed due at the moment. The time when the people of Somalia have to work on the elimination of those selfish people who make the Somali youth kill one another when we actually know that their children study in some prestigious universities in the other part of the world. Somali youth have to know the fact about these men and ask themselves if the children of these guys are fighting alongside with them. The answer is they are not.

  • shugri maxamed
    May 12, 2013 @ 04:11:53AM

    I pray for Al-Shabaab to be destroyed by God.

  • Rajabu juma
    May 11, 2013 @ 05:29:30PM

    Peace be upon you. It is better if al-Shabaab are overpowered and totally vanish from the world, as it has killed many people. It is of no use at all.

  • najiib fantastic
    May 8, 2013 @ 02:13:07PM

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk [Laughter expressed in writing] I am happy about what made Al-Shabaab to say so. I want Al-Shabaab to disintegrate. Let Al-Shabaab get destroyed, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  • ahmed baxeer
    May 3, 2013 @ 07:42:17AM

    Surely, the truth is better. I live in Bur'o town of Togdheer region, Somaliland. I would like to say Al-Shabaab is right in what they do in Somalia in some cases and wrong in some other ways but the western media and sycophants of the disbelievers spread propaganda.

  • اكرههم
    May 2, 2013 @ 01:40:40AM

    What was said has been said… and what happened has happened.. we will see the result.

  • Mujaahid
    April 28, 2013 @ 10:23:42AM

    K.k.k Al-Shabaab cannot be defeated by word of mouth, so let any daring man come out in the open. You are disbelievers begotten by disbelievers.

  • cabdifataax c/laahi sheekh
    April 28, 2013 @ 07:46:43AM

    Opposing Al-Shabaab is in the interest of those people who love peace because they don't want the people of Somalia to get peace while claiming to be Muslims and their ideology is not one that can lead a Muslim to development. Fear God and see if a Muslim can be judged as a disbeliever for doing some small errands to those they call the disbelievers and thereafter shed the blood of an innocent person for having carried goods or items and later get killed? Tell me if our good religion of Islam allows such things? No. I swear, they call a leader someone who has no knowledge about Islamic law. They call a good person the one who kills people and kills them mosques. I swear, God did not create people for jokes and they will be hold accountable and for this reason I would like to advice the leaders of Al-Shabaab to fear God and not to mislead the poor young children and ruin their life in the hereafter and they should know God will never accept violation of rights of others (God's punishment is severe).

  • Clare Mumbi
    April 27, 2013 @ 10:45:08AM

    Shalom. PEACE!

  • xafsa
    April 26, 2013 @ 10:45:09AM

    May God help them reconcile with each other and may He unite them; God’s succor will certainly come. (and in that day believers will rejoice in Allah's help to victory. He helpeth to victory whom He will). (Quran).

  • maina
    April 25, 2013 @ 07:32:27AM

    the only way out to eliminate alshaban is when somali community shall disown the group without minding being relatives,brother,sister,parents coz they know those criminals.but today its opposite.sanctions must be imposed on somalia and be forced to return to there country without mercy in the whole word.

  • abdulaahi
    April 23, 2013 @ 11:08:36AM

    Peace on you. I would like to begin with the name of God, the God who created the world. Praise to God. We see the truth but we are the cause of what has befallen us. It is worth noting for the Somalis to ask if they are the only ones with such problems. I would like to conclude by saying let's fear God to the maximum as that will help us bridge the division, hatred, tribalism and the fear of the defectors. We give ourselves different names and kill one another when we are all Sunni Muslims. I do see this as something planned by the western community. May God lead us to the straight path.

  • greyson
    April 23, 2013 @ 03:39:50AM

    It's better that they are are collapsing.

  • pius
    April 22, 2013 @ 04:10:02PM

    Its the high time these guys realised they are headed for the gullows!!

  • muema
    April 22, 2013 @ 08:30:06AM

    all those who use deen to justify violence will lose eventually. Kenyans are not like americans . we do not run. we do not have black hawks for you to down. we have hjard infantry to kiss your asses.

  • ahmed maarshaal
    April 22, 2013 @ 12:11:49AM

    I am very much sooty about Somali community been feed with western ideology ,but a time will come when Islam is fully impressed.you are told you are terrorist but Islam is not a terrorist. it's the Somali people that made Alshabab the enemy of Somalia when they followed the disbelievers and their sycophant instead of Alshabab. If they could support the effort of restoring Islamic law in 2006 then AMISOM and KENYA could do nothing to them.the most worrying issue is that the Muslims have more confidence in democracy propagated by Jews and Christians than the use of Islamic law.

  • xasan Haji
    April 21, 2013 @ 11:53:28PM

    No problem. It will come to an end.

  • kiugu
    April 21, 2013 @ 03:48:05PM

    everybody has a right to ALL basic needs.We fight because of violations of these human rights n oppressions of the so called supper powers.we all have brains freely given by our creator.

  • madhunte
    April 21, 2013 @ 03:08:13PM

    Peace on you. There are surely many people who don't want the rise of the religion but you should have to know that the holy war fighters will not sleep day and night until the religion rises.

  • Moukhtaar Youssouf
    April 20, 2013 @ 04:53:28PM

    We seek God's help.

  • obama
    April 20, 2013 @ 10:51:42AM

    we need someone who can tell us where al shabab is around somali and we will pay hime

  • hassan said.
    April 20, 2013 @ 07:31:31AM

    Lets wake up,some powerfull force behind the curtains are deviding somalis on islamic grounds ,if al shabaab is wiped out,who is behind these bombing??????somalis wake up its devide and rule game.

  • dr:c/raxmaan maxamuud cali
    April 20, 2013 @ 04:03:43AM

    This clearly shows the level of power of this extremist group and it can only go down from here to the worst possible state of collapse.

  • mujaahid abu huseen
    April 20, 2013 @ 02:08:33AM

    First I greet all the Muslims, secondly I greet Sabahi. Al Shabaab have decided to identify only themselves as Muslims and classified everyone else as disbelievers. Secondly, they have killed the sholars and clerics of Somali or Muslim population. I would like to say that it is time someone talked to the son of Godane and Ibrahim Afphan so that they know they are responsible for any death of Somalis from explosions.

  • cusyr
    April 20, 2013 @ 01:10:23AM

    Dear God, may you make us be led in the same way the prophet governed his people. Dear God, I pray to you to overcome and protect us from the lost way that is used to misguide Islam.

  • FAHAD AHMAD KHAN
    April 19, 2013 @ 12:32:24AM

    SAYONZ PRUDENT AL ASHABAB

  • mahamud farah
    April 19, 2013 @ 12:24:34AM

    Oh God! This website has published falsehoods and fabrications and there is neither internal nor external conflict among the Mujahedeen.

  • Faraz
    April 18, 2013 @ 06:26:09PM

    Does anyone have a link to an original copy (in English, preferably) of the Open Letter to Al-Zawahiri?

  • cise kaba kudukade
    April 18, 2013 @ 08:36:34AM

    I am very happy with this .

  • miriti
    April 17, 2013 @ 02:31:19PM

    People across the world have been prayimg hard for the end of terrorist and its facilitators they should now come public and tell the world what they ve been fighting for.

  • maxamed cali cusman
    April 17, 2013 @ 10:32:42AM

    I hope that Mujaheedun and Al Qaeda all over the world wherever they may be will unite and defend the religion. Victory to Islam and down with disbelievers.

  • maahir almuhaajiri
    April 16, 2013 @ 11:33:37PM

    if what is said about Al Shabaab is true, then I say that may God bring them together in punishment alongside all the others who call themselves mujahidun and, liaise with Al Qaeda for they are not practicing any faith by justifying the killing of the clerics .

  • muxssin
    April 16, 2013 @ 05:20:14AM

    I greet you all, people of Sabahi. After greetings, I believe that this is the most honest and straightforward write up ever written on or written by the senior leaders of Al Shabaab

  • mustafa
    April 16, 2013 @ 04:16:10AM

    I would say that the Somalia government does not seem to be making any progress and that we should govern the country in terms of the religion by giving the governance to the Mujahideen (people who defend the religion)

  • okello p
    April 16, 2013 @ 02:35:51AM

    We sbould thrive on destruction of human life. If God Almighty is the only one we pray to, then peace must take the centre stage in the world. Unity for progress is key.

  • xalane
    April 15, 2013 @ 12:04:30PM

    Al Shabaab are still in Mogadishu because the explosions are still continuing as you knew it. I don't think Al Shabaab have been ousted completely out of the city

  • james maxwell
    April 15, 2013 @ 04:52:40AM

    i wuld like to thank the un 4 da job they have done to put somalia in da right place & also i want 2 thank da kenya army 4 da gud job they did and aloso the united states of america 4 their support

  • omari
    April 14, 2013 @ 02:36:08AM

    If that's how it is, then al-Shabaab should accept the facts and talk with the ruling government, if that chance exists, to avoid innocent killings. Or, they should sit down and settle their own disputes and maintain their secrets because if their secrets are known via social media, they are finished. Their defeat is a result of their misunderstandings. Finally, if they are really fighting for Islam, then they should not give up even if only one person remains. They should also avoid hypocrisy in the group. But if their fight is for their own interests, may God break the group in such a way that it never comes together.

  • Hanad cade
    April 13, 2013 @ 02:52:03AM

    Omar Hamaami was good in the past but Ahmed Godane is a brave man.

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