The Somalia Connection


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So while Al-Shabab had originally recruited fighters from North America, Europe and the Middle East as part of its holy war against the TFG, now finding itself committed to a global jihad, it began an intensive campaign to recruit Somali-Americans to take the fight to the United States. For Al-Shabab, Somali communities in the United States proved to be very fertile recruiting grounds.

These Somali communities, which cover all corners of the United States, are composed primarily of refugees who have been escaping the ongoing civil wars that began in Somalia since 1991 with the ouster of then President Mohamed Siad Barre, conflicts which have gone on unabated ever since.

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.

As Thomas Mockaitis explains, “Many of these people are in fact the children of refugees. They were probably born in Somalia or born soon after they [i.e., their mothers] came to the United States. 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.”

One of the most common recruitment methods used by Al-Shabab is through the use of internet videos to promote their cause in an effort to reach young men who might never have traveled to Somalia.

One of the first such videos released by Al-Shabab was in March 2009 and featured an English speaking Somali from Alabama, Omar Hammami, who urged its viewers to “come and live the life of a muhajid,” adding for emphasis, “We’re calling all the brothers oversees, all the Shabab, wherever they are, to come and live the life of the mujahid. They will see with their own eyes, and they will love it.”

The effects of these and other recruitment efforts have had some nasty net effects. Most noteworthy was in 2009 when over 20 Somali youth, most from the Minneapolis area, home to the largest concentration of Somalian refugees in the United States, went overseas to fight for Al-Shabab.

While some of that group has been reported killed in the fighting in Somalia, at least six are known to have returned to the United States, presumably to continue with recruitment efforts. In fact, American-Somalis make particularly good recruiters as they can use their American passports to travel relatively freely and easily.

Still, despite their efforts at developing homegrown American terrorists, Al-Shabab has not refrained from attempting to infiltrate its own members into the United States through the porous US-Mexico border, with some estimates as high as 300 Al-Shabab members having safely made it through.

Unfortunately, even those Somalis who have been detained didn’t stay jailed for long. This unfortunate fact was seen in the release of a confidential report that showed Mexican officials in January 2010 to have mistakenly released 23 Somali men shortly after they had been taken into custody, most of whom U.S. officials suspected as having strong ties to Al-Shabab.

The commitment of al-Shabab to promote jihad both in and outside of Somalia has been so successful that according to Chris Harnisch of the American Enterprise Institute, “Al-Shabab is right now one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world.”

Of course, for Americans, the only danger to date so far posed by Al-Shabab has been limited to the preventative arrests of some terrorist wannabes. Unfortunately, Al-Shabab still has plenty of willing candidates lined up to take their place.

Frank Crimi is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog, www.writingwithoutanet.com or contact him at frankcrimi@sbcglobal.net.

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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: http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/.
    And here's a link to a post with further links to Somali-related posts: http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/201

  • 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: http://www.debbieschlussel.com/28979/somalian-mus… .

    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…

  • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

    I never thought I would agree with Russia but if this is the way they deal with the Pirates I game. http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

  • 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.

  • ahmed abdulle

    good

  • ahmed

    bad bad, verrey bad