The Somalia Connection

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For several years the Somalia-based Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab has been diligently recruiting new members in the United States, efforts that have produced both a disturbing and growing increase in the radicalization of young Somali-Americans.

When 19 year-old Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested on November 27 for his failed attempt to blow up a van full of dummy explosives at a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, some saw the influence of Al-Shabab.

However, law enforcement officials were quick to insist Mohamud had not been directed by any foreign terrorist organization, pointing out he had been the one to initiate contact with Al Qaeda recruiters in Pakistan in an effort to join its jihadist movement.

While no connection to Al-Shabab apparently exists, it certainly wasn’t an implausible conclusion to draw, given the series of arrests this year alone of Somali-Americans from all parts of the United States.  Each were accused of supporting Al-Shabab from either here in the United States or by going overseas to fight in the terrorist group’s war against the provisional Somali government.

In fact, Mohamud’s apprehension comes directly on the heels of the November 15 arrest of Nimi Ali Yusuf, a 24 year-old Somali woman from San Diego, charged, along with three other Somali men, with providing Al-Shabab money and other assistance.

Their arrest follows the indictments in August 2010 of 14 Somali-Americans from Alabama, Minnesota and California on similar charges, which forced Attorney General Eric Holder to acknowledge the routing of fighters and money to Al-Shabab to constitute a “deadly pipeline.”

That pipeline began in earnest in 2006 when Al-Shabab, a brutal Taliban-like organization fighting to turn Somalia into an Islamist state ruled under Sharia law, began waging war against both Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and peacekeeping forces of the African Union.

Al-Shabab has been aided in this fight by the assistance of many al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists who have been using Somalia as a safe haven ever since the 2001 American invasion of Afghanistan. The result of their help has allowed Al-Shabab to takeover most of southern and central Somalia, relegating the TFG to a narrow pocket of the Somalian capitol city of Mogadishu.

The other effect of housing so many foreign terrorists has been to turn Somalia into a beehive of terrorist activity, making it the top terror target in the world. According to terrorism analyst Thomas Mockaitis, “Somalia has become what Afghanistan was in the 1980s. It is a failed state and it’s a hotbed for [not only] conflict, but also the training and export of extremist activity.”

The exportation of Al-Shabab’s terrorist activity became official in February 2010 when the organization declared its alignment with al Qaeda and its quest for global jihad.

As Sheikh Fuad Mohamed Shangole, a top Al-Shabab leader said at that time, “ “The decisions included waging jihad (holy struggle) in the Eastern and Horn of Africa regions in order to liberate the Islamic communities and to link up our jihad to the global one, led by Al-Qaeda and Sheikh Osama Bin Laden.”

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  • judyw

    Refugee Resettlement Watch has a lot of information about the way Somalis have come into the U.S. We have brought in about 84,000 refugees over the last 25 years. In the last few years it was discovered that huge numbers of these have come in on fraudulent family connections. The program was shut down for a short time, but now it is continuing. Here's a link to the site:
    And here's a link to a post with further links to Somali-related posts:

  • Dennis

    JIHAD: The internal conflict of a follower of Islam to be good…Well, isn't that the definition so many expound upon? I have reached the point that I do not believe a word of anything coming from the mouth / press / video / recording etc. of anyone of this THEOCRATIC movement. If you consider yourself a "moderate Muslim" who opposes the violence espoused in your THEOCRACY, then speak-up and state why. As of now, the silence is deafening. And, in case you are wondering, I AM AN INFIDEL per Islam / Qur'an. So, here's the Catch 22…if it is OK to lie, cheat, steal, and murder infidels per your religious beliefs, then how do I or others know when the truth is being told to us???
    Please explain it …

  • rbla

    "While most Somalis have earned a reputation as law-abiding and patriotic members of the American community, in a population that has swelled from 35,000 in 2000 to upwards of 150,000 today, there are still a number who feel culturally disconnected, making them ever susceptible to the lure of outside jihadist forces."

    The problem is that we let them in to begin with and as long as we continue to delude ourselves with cliches like the above things will only get worse.

  • USMCSniper

    These Somoloian Africoons are running sex slaves:… .

    Somali illegals busted in child sex slave sting
    Posted by Staff
    CNN reports:

    A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday.

    Meanwhile, in Tennessee, authorities announced Monday they were arresting 29 individuals involved in gangs that trafficked underage Somali and African-America girls in a prostitution ring. The 29 people were connected to the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws, officials said. The three-day federal sweep, called Operation Cross Country V, involved 40 cities nationwide and is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, authorities said.

    We need "esquadroes le morte" to clean out these Africoon vermin

  • BS77

    WHy do we keep importing these people? What is behind the USA immigration policies? A need to keep bringing in unskilled, uneducated, troubled immigrants from unstable third world nations…a need that cannot be justified. Our nation has high unemployment and a surging population….do we really need thousands more Somalis, Sudanese, Mexicans and so on? WHY? Groveling PC submission to multiculturist diversity dictates that we submit to the third world…… that we make ourselves into door mats for jihadists, smugglers, gang bangers, fugitives, illegals and terrorists…

  • Victor Laslow

    I never thought I would agree with Russia but if this is the way they deal with the Pirates I game.

  • Renee Rogers-Perry

    Why oh why do we continue to bring these uneducated and unskilled people from somalia? For what purpose? We can't take care of our own here in America with an economy that is devestated because of the entitlements allowed to illegals and new foreigners already!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Some of you writers need to realize that there isn’t a specific radicalization process per se other than a Muhammadan learning about his religion through the normal course of actions that most Muhammadans are exposed to, as the jihad ideology, which is the holy obligation for Muhammadans to wage jihad against unbelievers for the spread of Islam, couldn’t be more mainstream within Islam as it is taught and advocated by all sects of Islam and by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence within Sunni and Shi’a Islam. A lot of this misunderstanding arises because so many of you people have become transfixed only on Islamic violence via terrorism. However, the vast overwhelming amount of jihad that takes place around the world today takes place primarily through stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad instead of violent jihad, and over the long haul, this stealth and deceptive non-violent variety of jihad is far more dangerous to our wellbeing than the violent variety.

    For instance, Muhammadans are exploiting our liberal immigration laws today to infiltrate our countries in mass for the purpose of eventually subjugating us through stealth and deceptive non-violent demographic conquest in which they work behind the scenes to subvert and undermine us at the same time that they also seek the gradual imposition of Sharia, and this process of civilizational jihad, as the Muslim Brotherhood calls it, will inevitably grow more and more pronounced as the percentage of Muhammadans continues to increase.

    Anyway, when some Muhammadan immigrants or converts morph into what you yahoos call radical Muhammadans through some sort of imaginary radicalization process and starts committing terrorism willy-nilly all of a sudden, it puts their stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad at risk, because Americans could possibly become fed up and outraged enough to demand that the Muhammadans be deported or that our liberal multicultural immigration laws that enables it all to be tightened. Of course, none of this could take place today if our society hadn’t already been brainwashed and conditioned over the past few decades to accept multiculturalism and diversity without question.

    And they are not particularly in touch with their parents. And yet, neither are they particularly attracted to or accepted by mainstream American culture. So there is this kind of double alienation that makes them particularly prone to recruitment.”

    There is always some sort of fictional underlying sociological disorder or lack of tolerance and acceptance of multicultural values that inevitably causes the alienation of these people. It is never Islam, as Islam is a Religion of Peace™. Give me a break, because some you writers are gullible as hell.

    I could care less about Al-Shabab and the solution is not to occupy Somalia to pursue an endless fantasy based nation-building mission to win the hearts and minds of Muhammadan as we squander away our resources and the lives of our young men and women at the same time, but instead the solution is to stop taking in refugees when they are Muhammadans. In fact, the ultimate solution is to make the practice of Islam in America illegal and to ban and reverse Muhammadan immigration. Indeed, zero Muhammadans in America equals zero probability of Islamic terrorist attacks and zero stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad.

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  • ahmed

    bad bad, verrey bad