Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Al-Shabaab declares war against Kenya

With most of usable Somalia under jihadist control, and Kenya sending incursions into Western Somalia, it was just a matter of time before Al-Shabaab lashed out...again.  We will see more innocents die, and more questions as to how this possibly could have happened.

From the Daily Nation January 9 by Patrick Mayoyo

Al-Shabaab propaganda video declares Jihad against Kenya

Al-Shabaab has released a propaganda video declaring war against Kenya.

The video was released by Sheikh Ahmed Iman Ali, the self-proclaimed de facto leader of Kenyan Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
Sheikh Ali in the video recording entitled: If they seek your help in religion, it is your duty to help them, says war or Jihad should now be waged in Kenya in response to the military operation in Somalia.
“Kenya has declared war against Somalia and Jihad should now be waged inside Kenya which is legally a war zone,” Sheikh Ali says in the video. Read (Al-Shabaab forcing youth to join army).
The video which was initially posted on YouTube but has since been withdrawn can still be viewed on other social media networks.
He says the war Kenya is fighting in Somalia is not against Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab or terrorists but the terms are being used to camouflage the truth.
The report of the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group indicates that Sheikh Ali, a former chairman of Muslim Youth Centre in Pumwani, Nairobi, was central in the recruitment of non-Somalis in Nairobi to join Al- Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
The report says Al-Shabaab “has extensive funding, recruiting and training networks within Kenya” and has “established connections with jihadist groups across the continent.” 
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