Somali terror group joining Al Qaeda
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appearing in an Al-Qaeda video released in October 2011
February 9th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Somali terror group joining Al Qaeda

By Joe Sterling

Al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group, has decided to join the al Qaeda terror network, a monitoring service reported Thursday.

Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir, leader of the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen movement, gave his pledge to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video released by al Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab, SITE Monitoring Service said.

"Today, I have glad tidings for the Muslim Ummah that will please the believers and disturb the disbelievers, which is the joining of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen movement in Somalia to Qaedat al-Jihad, to support the jihadi unity against the Zio-Crusader campaign and their assistants amongst the treacherous agent rulers," al-Zawahiri said.

"Muslim Ummah" refers to the Muslim community. Qaedat al-Jihad refers to the central al Qaeda group led by al-Zawahiri.

Al-Shabaab suffered a series of setbacks in recent months:  an ouster from the center of the capital, Mogadishu, by African Union and government forces; the killings of key personnel; and combat losses to Kenyan troops. However, the group controls large parts of southern Somalia.

The group, long closely affiliated with al Qaeda, in June endorsed al-Zawahiri to head the group after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden. It had previously vowed allegiance to bin Laden.

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    February 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
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    February 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
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    KOOLNESS!!! ANOTHER ONE TO ASSISINATE!!! GOTTA LOVE THE AL-QUADEA, THEY ALWAYS GIVE US MORE TARGETS!!! KILL THEM ALL!

    February 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
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    February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
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  39. Elko Bambini

    Al-Qaeda has shifted from only focusing on the "far enemy" (United States) to focusing on "near enemies" (particular governments) and being localized. I can see why AQ is wanting local Islamist groups to "join"

    February 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
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    OK Al-Shabaab, now you have to move to Abbottabod with the rest of Al-Qaeda members so America's tax payers dollars can protect you.

    February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
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      They should move to Costelloabad.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
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        February 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
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  41. ForestGump

    So Al-Qaeda and Al Shabob bitty bitty bop are united-well stupid is as stupid does guys. Its ashame that both groups are still living in the past and are preventing their members from experiencing reality. I mean just think if you're purpose in life was to be a car bomber...I understand people have their beliefs but it just makes me sick to think how the elders of these groups are filling the heads of the youngsters with their ideology. The young men have nothing else to believe in except kill the west or who ever is against allah(yes I know its more in-depth than that). Also I know my posting is a little off topic but I needed to vent about these groups. If it were up to me I would line them all up in a straight line and run as fast as I can slapping the sh#t out of each one of them. Then for the leaders I would do a crow hop into a cartwell then an uppercut right underneath the chin. After that I would explain that having 40 something virgins when you die is awesome but highly unlikely considering you will probably be burning and eating with chop sticks for the rest of eternity. On top of that I would also explain to them that the virgins would probably leave you for a western anyways, we have bigger weiners.

    February 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • lol

      Maybe smaller weiners is okay being that virgins can't usually take the big ones. Perhaps that's the appeal for suicide bombers. Perhaps they know they can never satisfy a real woman so they have to rely on underage virgins that they can abuse.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  42. yup

    Nice.....lets drop some bombs.

    February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  43. dhegdheer

    This comes after they've been driven out of the capital by AU forces and will soon be driven from the rest of the country by Kenya, this is a obvious sign of desperation.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  44. HaterOfTowelHeads

    We finally have a reason to nuke that crap-hole of a country. We screwed up the first time, let's not make the same mistake

    February 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Whoawhoa

      shell the coast, nuke the rest of the land. Free islandbeach

      February 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply

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